RCA talks

Fine Art Talk: Matt Calderwood

15 March 2017 | 3pm – 5pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Calderwood is known for his often perilous performances, sculpture and film works. Friction, counterbalance and leverage between disparate materials are carefully orchestrated to avoid systems collapsing.

Is it possible to feel sympathy for a box of screws or a lemon? Calderwood knows how much stress a lemon, wine glass or a steel beam can take. He’s tested it. Using a vocabulary of commonplace objects, his work often contains the potential for disaster. There are no rehearsals; he only makes or performs something once. In the process of exploring the physical properties of ordinary things, Calderwood opens up emotional as well as intellectual responses to objects.

In new works made out of materials with contrasting qualities such as welded steel and paper, he continues investigating relationships between physical properties and their transformation over time.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions include: David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2012); Full-Scale, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2011);  and Works, Galleria Klerkx, Milan (2008).

Published retrospectively after the exhibitions Paper Over the Cracks, at Project Space, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, 15 March – 23 June 2013, and Exposure at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, 9 November 2013 – 23 February 2014.