Gary Webb's giant sculpture ‘Dreamy Bathroom’ is currently exhibited at the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Cass Sculpture Foundation is an independent commissioning body dedicated to commissioning new work from emerging and established artists. It was developed as a charitable foundation in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass. The Foundation's 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures, all of which are available for sale with the proceeds going directly to artists.
Gary Webb’s whimsical, texturised tower of joyful abstraction is composed of a number of individually crafted components. The use of bronze, which lends Dreamy Bathroom a sense of sculptural gravitas, is pitched against the colourful, aesthetic playfulness of the shapes. Webb’s poetic assemblage of invented forms reference numerous objects – from Victorian fountains to decorative cushions – and art historical movements. The reflective, brightly coloured surfaces allude to, or parody, the kitsch appropriations of Pop Art, whilst the forms themselves are a nod to the post-industrial rigours of Modernism. Ultimately, however, the work’s meaning remains enigmatic. As Webb explains: “People can appear to share the same conversation, yet find each is talking about something completely different, or at least have a different take on it.”
Webb’s practice focuses on the formal interplay between contrasting shapes, lines, materials, fabrication techniques and points of art-historical reference. Rendered in a combination of industrial, organic and classical materials such as glass, Plexiglas, neon, wood, sand, cut metal, rubber, bronze and marble, Webb combines traditional craft methodologies with modern technologies, in order to create work that evades categorization, and tends towards the inscrutable. His colourful sculptures are often originally conceived as spontaneous drawing, about which he explains: “Every single time I’ve made something, I don’t know what I’m looking for, so in a way I’m on exactly the same level as the viewer.” The results are highly finished, humourous, yet poignant reflections on art history, human emotions, popular culture and our relationship with artifice, through the mediums of colour, form and texture.
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