JOSEPH CORNELL'S WANDERLUST WORLDS
AND THE GARDEN BRIDGE FOR LONDON
Image: Proposed Garden Bridge for London © Arup
Curator of 'Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust' exhibition
at the Royal Academy of Arts
Project Leader and Architect for
The London Garden Bridge at Heatherwick Studio
02 September, 2015
The salon looked at the idea of Making Places from the perspective of two highly topical London projects; both practices having multi-disciplinary viewpoints and channelling a wide range of ideas into the work.
Sarah Lea is curator of Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, currently on show at The Royal Academy of Arts, London. Sarah will be talking about the life and work of Cornell (1903-1972), a self-taught American artist admired by everyone from the Surrealists to the Abstract Expressionists, and pursued by gallerists. He is perhaps best known for his ‘shadow-boxes’, glass-fronted, wooden constructions containing delicately collaged objects and images from a wide range of found sources that he used to investigate space, time and scale. In these ‘chambers of imagery’ the carefully curated forms and ideas combine to develop ‘places’ in the mind. This process could be described as an early form of virtual place-making, long before digital, that allowed Cornell - a homebody who never left his native country - to create destinations where the mind could wander and explore.
Sarah Lea is an art historian and curator who studied in London at Goldsmiths and Birkbeck. Having joined the Royal Academy of Arts in 2007, she was Assistant Curator for The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters (2010) and Co-curator for Eyewitness: Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi (2011). Her research focuses on the relationship between studio practice and the published writings of artists, with a special interest in the role of collecting in artistic practice. She has written on diverse artists including Peter Henry Emerson and Alexander Cozens.
'Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust' exhibition is at The Royal Academy from 4 July - 27 September 2015
Phillip Hall-Patch is Project Leader and Architect for the London Garden Bridge at Heatherwick Studios. Philip's talk took a wider look at the genesis of placemaking through the history of living bridges, brought up to date with the Garden Bridge.
Phillip Hall-Patch studied at Oxford Brookes University and graduated from the Bartlett (UCL) in 1997. In a career spanning over 18 years he has worked on a vast range of building typologies from residential conservation refurbishments in Islington to transport infrastructure projects in West Africa.
As an artist, Phillip's work investigates the tensions between transience and stability through ephemeral and time-based works.
Visit http://philliphall-patch.co.uk for more information.
Dr Sheena Calvert, chaired the event. Sheena holds a Masters degree in fine art and design from Yale University, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Greenwich. She is a typographer, letterpress printmaker and graphic designer, and teaches critical theory and practice of art, design and illustration at Central St Martins and the University of Westminster. Her work looks at the philosophy of language, and the materiality of text and speech as a form of knowledge about language.
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