'Curved Forms - Yellow & Black', Adrian Heath. Courtesy of Jonathan Clark Fine Art
'Pique', Alice Browne. Courtesy of Limoncello
'The Fuhrer's Cake', Marcus Harvey courtesy of VIGO
London Art Fair 2012 saw the sculptures of Joel Gray and Paul Vanstone, pictured, installed outside the venue for the duration of the Fair
Joel Gray - Sunglasses
Joel Gray has an interest in the primal act of art making and the basic nature of creativity. The idea of “pre language” and man’s desire to communicate with whatever material is at hand is paramount to this artists’ practice. Physical contact with the environment and a quest for understanding through making objects is what drives his work. He revels in traditional production methods, shunning the digital world.
Joel Gray’s work concentrates on stone carving with all its historic implications. He carves everyday consumerist products such as iPhones and luxury sun glasses into stone forms of varying scale. The materials used are a reaction to the mass produced, disposable nature of so many of the objects that surround us.
Joel Gray has recently exhibited at The Bun House Gallery in London, and the Folkestone Triennial fringe, and is currently artist in residence at Grande Disco, Portugal. He is a founding member of the performance group The Gut Club and works as a master stone carver for Anish Kapoor.
Paul Vanstone - Black to Black
Black to black was made this summer in a solubema quarry in Portugal. It is made from a two tonne block of Belgian Black Marble, the only pure black marble in the world. The head comes from a series of very large sculptures Paul has been making for the last few years .Taking personal subjects and bringing them up to the scale of heads you would see in advertising bill boards.
Paul Vanstone trained at St Martins College of Art followed by a Masters at The Royal College of Art, then went to Carrara, Italy and Ragastain, India, working in the quarries and workshops which have been there for centuries. On returning Vanstone worked for Anish Kapoor in his London stone studio.
Joel Gray and Paul Vanstone are represented by UNION Gallery.
Top image Credit: Joel Gray/ Sunglasses/ 2011/ Vigaria Portuguese marble frames/ Belgian black lenses
2m 50cm square with arms fully extended.
Bottom Image Credit: Paul Vanstone / Black to black / 2011/ Belgian black marble on a Portuguese marble base / 2m55cm/85cm/80cm.