Iain Kettles: Objective - Art in the Public Realm - In association with GoMA (Glasgow)
As part of OBJECTIVE - a citywide conversation about sculpture initiated by The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Patricia Fleming Projects presents inflatable sculpture by Glasgow based visual artist Iain Kettles alongside the presentation of two public realm commissions from the studio: The Barrhead Health Centre by Iain Kettles + Susie Hunter and A Bench Around The Island by Berlin based artist Jeppe Hein.
Iain Kettles makes sculpture, for exhibitions and as commissioned public artworks; unofficial guerrilla-style and collaborative interventions in public spaces. His work questions the relationship between our visual and spatial understanding of our environment, translating a playful sensitivity in the way we encounter public space. Using colour and the conditions of our surroundings, of architecture and references from the world beyond. Kettles translates the experience and meanings of space: interpretations of inside and out, spatial phenomenon, notions of scale and the distinctions between public and private spaces and the challenges that come with these. Over the past 15 years Kettles has produced iconic large-scale inflatable structures. Current projects include more industrial materials including metal and wood; and processes that include casting, his practice is heavily focused upon his craft and the hand made, stemming from an interest in the durability and resilience of materials, even in a temporal nature.
Iain Kettles graduated from The Glasgow School of Art, Environmental Art Dept. Public art commissions have included collaborative works with Susie Hunter for the new Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre, Patricia Fleming Projects 2011, a large-scale work for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London 2006, Cork Festival 2006 and An Lanntair, 2002. National and international presentations have included Skore Skyer, Kunsthallen Brandst Klaedefabrik, Odense and Nikolaij in Copenhagen, 2001, Here+Now, Scottish Art 1990-2001, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, 2001 and Space Invader at Tramway & Union Place, Glasgow 1999.
Recent exhibitions include: Nomi’s Kitchen, Glasgow 2010, Desire Lines, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh 2009 and the urban intervention Black Fires, as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, 2008.
List of works
1 Black Fires, 2008
2 How Soon is Now, 2010
All images and text © Patricia Fleming Projects/artists unless otherwise specified.