Last week I attended the opening of Beast at Pangolin London. A wonderful gallery situated in Kings Cross that is purely dedicated to exhibiting sculpture. Housed within a light and spacious development designed by Dixon & Jones called Kings Place, Pangolin London offers visitors a rotating programme of sculpture exhibitions as well as the opportunity to enjoy sculpture throughout the public areas of Kings Place and along the waterfront.
Directors Rungwe Kingdon and Claude Koenig cut their teeth on sculpture casting at the studio of artist Lynn Chadwick. A few years later they set up a commercial enterprise of their own and retained Chadwick as a client. First they built a foundry in Rungwe’s parents garden and then in the late 1980′s acquired old factory buildings on the Chalford industrial estate near Stroud, Gloucestershire where the much expanded Pangolin Editions stands today as the largest foundry in Europe. Pangolin’s clients include: Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Alastair Mackie, Abigail Fallis and Jon Buck.
Fallis is fundamentally interested in issues which directly affect the world, namely consumerism and the environment. She tackles such topical issues through humorous and witty means, creating powerful results. Fallis experiments widely with a broad range of materials, from papier-mache to shopping trolleys, via silver, steel and cloth.
Alastair Mackie’s work draws on ideas to do with primal urges, science, belief systems, and time while pointing to a broader exploration in to the relationship between man and nature – challenging our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate the two.
A former Principal Lecturer in Sculpture, Fowler is influenced by the study of natural forms – sheep bones salvaged on an Italian beach, the Maori heads in the Bristol Museum and the magnificent jumble of the old ethnographical section of the British Museum.
Beast runs until 16 April.
For further information please visit: http://www.pangolinlondon.com/
All images by Julie Eagleton.