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GALLERY TALK: Laurence Edwards - Genus, Small works and concepts from the s...
Sat 13 May 2017, 11:00 – 12:00 BST
Another title to describe this collection of works might have been simply ‘Maquettes’. In many ways some of them are. Smaller works designed to illustrate the capability and potential of the larger scale, but it all sounds rather lifeless, and as a word, it takes us away from the point of these works in Laurence Edwards’ creative process.
They are evolutions and explorations often to their own end around a central theme. A host of ideas springing from the same point of origin, related but evolving. A Genus of ideas urgently pushing like nature for existence by evolution. There is no sense in Laurence’s work that one has succeeded better than the other, no search for a superior, just manifestations of the way that ideas, like nature, constantly evolve...whether we want them to or not.
Laurence’s work aims directly at the connection we have to the earth, as representations of our own identity, which they unquestionably are. They remind us of our clay origins, and that life is both burden and celebration.