London’s newest sculpture gallery Pangolin London presents
Sterling Stuff II. Pangolin London and Pangolin Editions,
Europe’s largest sculpture foundry, have commissioned the
country’s leading and emerging contemporary sculptors to
create an exceptional exhibition of sculptures in sterling silver. With over 60 works available to purchase from a broad range of artists including
Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley, Sterling Stuff II offers a unique opportunity
to encounter an extensive cross-section of contemporary sculptural practice.
The exhibition will open at Pangolin London in Kings Place, the recently opened
arts centre in Kings Cross, London N1, from 17 November to 18 January.
With over 50 contributing artists to Sterling Stuff II, Pangolin London offers an
unparalleled exhibition, with a rich and creative vocabulary in both subject matter
and technique. The sculptures, all cast in sterling silver, range from the abstract to
the figurative, the traditional to the conceptual, and allow the visitor to experience a
number of different genres and interpretations from the serene beauty of Jon Buck’s
Proteiform to the verve and skill of Jonathan Kenworthy’s Silverback, or the poignant
concept behind Michael Joo’s intricate piece to the dreamlike quality of the Yoko Twins
by Don Brown.
Throughout the casting process, which is the traditional and complex lost wax casting
method, Pangolin Editions has collaborated with each individual sculptor to ensure
the best possible result. Many of the artists have never before explored with working
in silver, which perhaps explains the extraordinary diversity of silver finishes within the
show. Many artists have sought to diminish the widely recognised qualities of silver
as a precious metal by flocking or tarnishing the surface; yet others have sought to
enhance it and exaggerate its highly polished sheen.
Sterling Stuff II follows the success of the original exhibition, which was held in 2002
at the foundry’s inhouse gallery, Gallery Pangolin. Now showcased in London, the
2008 show has invited a number of new artists, including Marcus Harvey, Dorothy
Cross, Alastair Mackie, David Bailey and Kenny Hunter, to experiment with silver.
Their sculptures will be displayed alongside new work by past contributors, and
a selection of original pieces from the 2002 exhibition.
Highlights from Sterling Stuff II include eight exquisite miniature silver figures by
Lynn Chadwick displayed alongside the sculpture of his son, Daniel Chadwick, as well
as a remarkable piece by Damien Hirst who has continued to develop his work
in silver since Sterling Stuff.
The artists’ continued support for this collaboration has created a diverse and unique
collection of silver sculptures, all of which are unified through the material and
practice to create an enchanting show.
Polly Bielecka, Gallery Director at Pangolin London reveals: “We are incredibly
excited to bring Sterling Stuff II to London. The support from contributors – new and
old – has been huge, and we are very proud to be offering these highly original and
arresting sculptures, all of which are officially hallmarked.”
Pangolin London is one of London’s few galleries purely dedicated to exhibiting
sculpture. Its close affiliation with Europe’s largest foundry, Pangolin Editions, means
that Pangolin London is uniquely positioned to showcase the intimate relationship
between Art and Craft and to explore in detail the magic of iconic objects made in our
time. Pangolin London intends to push the boundaries of contemporary sculpture
in its exhibitions by commissioning and sponsoring works that might never otherwise
Sculptures in the exhibition will range in price from £1,500 to £25,000. A full colour
catalogue will accompany this exhibition.
For press information and images:
Alice Parsons at PagetBaker
(020) 7323 6963