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Key Largo - Gary Webb at The Approach Gallery, London

December 6, 2010 by Georgia

26 November 2010 – 30 January 2010

Back at the gallery where he had his solo debut in 1998, Gary Webb is now showing a selection of recent work in an exhibition called Key Largo. Webb, born in Dorset, England, in 1973, is known for his mixed media sculptural installations, using both traditional and modern materials in often unexpected combinations.

Key Largo installation view, courtesy The Approach Gallery

Fascinated by the concept of men urinating against walls Webb sourced bricks from Michelmersh, a little town in Dorset. Out of the fairly thick wall that was created, a 3D sculpture was carved showing a Calvin like cartoon character having a wee. The title of the work is Dorset Knob which refers, according to the artist, not to Calvin or what he represents but to the pub at the end of Webb’s childhood street.

Miami Poo Pipe, courtesy The Approach Gallery

Next to the Dorset Knob stands Miami Poo Pipe, a glass installation using an new intricate type of paint which changes colour when the surrounding temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius. Gary Webb: “The form of the sculpture is really organic (…) The glass was blown especially and it holds distilled water which has nothing in it, there’s nothing inside it, nothing can grow.”

Tom's Music, courtesy The Approach Gallery

Tom's Music also contains a resin, creating incredible reflections and transformations of vision. This title refers to an old friend who introduced Webb to 'the best music in the world'. As often with Webb, these works are translations of the artist's personal emotions and thoughts. The works can be seen as intimate abstractions, giving us an insight into the artist's mind.

A selection of unique editions by Gary Webb is available on our website.

The Approach gallery can be visited Wednesday - Sunday,  12noon-6pm, or by appointment. The gallery is closed from 22 December 2010 until 6 January 2011.