Visiting lecture series HSAD




This for me is a write up of a no show lecture, the day of it being my birthday.

it always seems strange to me when i see posters, flyers and other ephemera with my birth date on, makes me feel important and slightly immortal if only for the duration of display.  I therefore was not there to understand the atmosphere of the lecture nor could i comment on my personal experiences, but with the aid of my fellow word-press peers and modern technology i have put together a little write up, it may be that it offers a fresh take on the entry’s of others and a dimension not yet faceted.

This man looks and appears to act like a typical scot, now i can say typical as my family has strong connections with Scotland and i have a love for the breed, its in my heart that man, he of tartan that history.  But that is aside from the point, i had the pleasure of Mr Bridges webpage and his small but beautifully composed video gave me the insight i needed to see the direction in which he takes his practice.  After his graduation in the mid 80’s Eoghan has exhibited both group and solo works and fulfilled the titles of commissioned and private collections.  Born in Scotland, Eoghan now resides in Yorkshire and makes the most of his time discovering more dimensions to the relationships between horse and rider and the human form within sculpture as his practice preference.  

His most recent works shown on his webpage video are not spoken as the video is purely visual but the words speak as loud as the collection of works presented.  We see the words….FRACTION, UPRISING, DECONSTRUCTING, SEPARATION and alongside the fun in the appearance of his sculpture you feel a certain angst within the bowels of this work that make it both beautiful and questionable both.  These words speak volumes of a history of Scottish struggle, yet they also show the gentle nature of such natives and the strong narrative of nature the outdoors and home.

He makes use of his skill of drawing to bring his works to life in a 3d form, his use of bright colour and abstract and evident in abundance within his drawings, yet his sculpture is restricted to stone gradients and somewhat cold colours, it would seem that the ideas about a subject are almost polar in their comparison to his sculpture.  Just lately his human forms seem to be of a refracted state able to be deconstructed, yet illuminated, they are incredibly beautiful yet pained.  There is mention of uprising and a strong conitation to the male human form, face and the relationships with balance, beauty and subject to that strong relationship between the subject and his rider/keeper.  It could be debated that it holds the strength of being male, the courage of his heritage and the feelings that grew with him from boy/man/artist/practitioner, i feel the messages are suggestive of a deeper meaning and it saddens me that i was not there to hear his voice change in pitch and strength in the areas of his work ethics and practice.



One thought on “Visiting lecture series HSAD

  1. Tom Conoboy says:

    It’s interesting that in the short video on his home page, all the illustrations are accompanied by one word titles, each ending with -ing.

    An -ing ending is an ambiguous thing. It may be a gerund, where a verb is effectively turned into a noun – eg “I like reading”, where the verb is “like” and the object, or the noun, is “reading. Or the -ing ending may be a present participle – eg “I am reading”, where the act I am currently engaged in is reading.

    By doing this, Bridge creates a sense of ambiguity about his work. Is it an active piece or passive? Is it the viewer or the object which is doing the -ing actions? This chimes with a comment from his bio on the website:

    “A work should, he says, be viewed on its own merit, free from prejudice, and, he points out, it only means what the person feels whilst looking at it.”

    The titles in the video help to ensure this can happen. By creating that ambiguity, the artist helps to ensure the viewer can make their own interpretation of the work. This is something I’ve been discussing quite a bit on my blog recently: the fact that, once an artist has created a work, it is up to the viewer to interpret it any way they see fit.

    An extremely interesting write-up, thanks.

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