SCULPTURE, STONE SCULPTURE, WOOD SCULPTURE,
FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE, ART FURNITURE.
WORK FROM THE HEART
IT DOES ALL THE TALKING
IT EVOKES RATHER THAN INSTRUCTS
SANCTIMONIOUS GOBSHITE CURATORS UNNECESSARY
Northern Ignorance is a reaction to the paralysis of sculpture, and art in general in the 21st century. The art establishments refusal to recognize anything other than sensational garbage has inadvertently created a market amongst discerning people and collectors for sculpture made in the traditional way from traditional materials, but dealing with relevant contemporary themes.
Gareth the founder of Northern Ignorance is an impassioned observer of life and is obsessed with movement. His work is the antithesis of conceptual sculpture, so exclusively personal does it seem, allowing the viewer to form an opinion based on the aesthetic rather than some bullshit theoretical concept.
In conceptual art the concept or idea involved in the work takes precedence over the traditional aesthetic and material concerns. Through its association with the Young British Artists and the Turner prize, conceptual art has come to denote all contemporary art to the total exclusion of all other art forms. How convenient, not to mention profitable, to convince people that puerile crap is great art, quite simply the embodiment of the Emperor's New Clothes.
Great sculpture is always a fusion between the intellect and raw physical effort . Working only with the hands allows ideas to be brought to fruition in a very human way, this slow approach, helping and nurturing the manifestation of thoughts from a vivid imagination into a tangible form. When something is made with the brutality of pneumatic air hammers, power tools or on a machine, the piece of sculpture loses something, perhaps its humanity and the ability to connect on a subliminal human level. People are soft, organic, free of straight lines and corners, why should sculpture be any different. Combining both movement and emotion into organic forms exemplifies a complete affinity with nature, carving from solid blocks of wood, or joined together in order to create spectacular large pieces of sculpture, functional sculpture and art furniture. The stone sculpture is also carved entirely by hand from Limestone, Sandstone and the glorious Carrara Marble. Stone sculptures can be carved by hand in two ways: indirect carving is a way of carving using an accurate clay or plaster model, which is then copied with the use of compasses, proportional dividers or a pointing machine. This is a very mechanical process resulting in stiff, lifeless sculpture. The method chosen is direct carving, a far more intuitive approach, without the use of an elaborate model. Entering the block with hand chisels and with reference only to a simple sketch is the most spontaneous approach allowing ultimate freedom within the block, resulting in free flowing energized sculpture.
Gareth tends to avoid bronze, mainly because of its ease of production, preferring to carve from the solid, removing the material by hand in order to reveal the form, the ultimate form of artistic expression.
Although situated in the Peak District National Park in Cheshire England, the appeal of Gareth's design philosophy transcends the geographical location attracting clients from all over the world.