James Capper: Sculpture & Hydraulics
Feb 10 – April 8 2017
The Edge is delighted to present a wide range of sculptures, drawings and films from one of the UK’s most exciting young sculptors James Capper. Fascinating for being recognisable yet other worldly, Capper’s machine-like sculptures suggest an interplay between art, technology and the natural world. The application of hydraulic engineering ensures each has the capability of land marking or sculpting when operated, however the experimentation and refinement deployed transcends componentry and purpose, rendering them as works of art.
With venues nationally including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Modern Art Oxford, Whitworth Art Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum having showcased the artist in recent years, The Edge exhibition features the largest number of works shown in the UK to date. A truly unique solo show – Sculpture & Hydraulics – includes works exhibited in the UK for the first time, spectacularly sited across the galleries, foyer and outside spaces.
Capper’s output is a composite of many influences and passions. Like the Land Art movement of 1970’s America, what’s ‘left behind’ by the artist and specifically his machines draws comparison to the pioneering works of Richard Smithson or Nancy Holt. But Capper is a maker of permanent objects too, producing sculptures that sculpt and an alluring array of attachments granting him status within the pantheon of traditional sculpture-making and exhibiting. His study of arachnids, caterpillars and ‘working’ insects alongside modern farm machinery places his output with technical practitioners who represent what they observe around them. Arguably the most complete picture comes when Capper operates his creations in person, and during Sculpture & Hydraulics there will be frequent opportunities for gallery visitors to experience this on dates listed below.