24 July - 21 August 2010
Michael Chaikin has created an underwater world of moving mobiles and copper creatures at Kestle Barton – just in time for the school holidays this summer! Come spend an afternoon in the newly opened arts venue, situated just between Helford and Frenchman’s Creek along the public footpath; perfect for enjoying a leisurely walk before you leave.
The works in the forthcoming exhibition include fish of all shapes and sizes, crawling underwater creatures and plant life from the submerged aquatic environment. There is an emphasis on movement created through hanging mobiles in the exhibition. There are also more abstract forms and flying figures add an aerial aspect to the moving motif.
Michael Chaikin’s very engaging sculpture is built of copper sheet, with bronze and steel. He loves working with copper sheet; its qualities of malleability and immediacy are what count. ‘Much faster than going through the rigmarole of making a bronze,’ he says, ‘but just as permanent and more interesting to be constrained by the limitations of the material; having to bash out the copper, anneal it and smack it into forms.’ The sculptures are perfect for both interior spaces and outdoor gardens. To show this to its best advantage, Undulate will extend beyond the indoor gallery space, with sculptures installed in the adjoining gardens as well.
Michael Chaikin has been making sculptures for over twenty years, following his first career as a doctor of medicine. He has had exhibitions in Hamburg, Paris, London, and throughout the UK.
His work has been featured on television and garden programmes, in the work of theatre companies such as Forkbeard Fantasy and Kneehigh Theatre and in films. It has appeared in award winning gardens at Hampton Court Flower show and is on permanent display at the Eden Project, Cornwall.