Daniel Chadwick: Come Together – Dadiani Fine Art 9th October – 12th November 2015
By Guy Sangster Adams
As a child I was discovered ever so carefully cutting up an atlas, fascinated by the idea that the British Isles had once been part of the landmass of continental Europe, and hoping that I might be able to achieve a jigsaw puzzle perfect fit along the coastline. Sadly a paper engineered European union alluded me, but that cartographical fascination has been reignited and taken to a new level by the sublime sculptures in Daniel Chadwick’s Come Together at Dadiani Fine Art in London.
As though the fossil or mineral hunter’s rock hammer has become a map-maker’s tool, or perhaps the prerequisite for a new denomination, topography hunter, the sculptural pieces in Chadwick’s first solo exhibition in 10 years, feature perfectly smooth, featureless, flat sided ingots, bricks, blocks, of gold, silver, bronze, glass, acrylic, and wood, split in two via a perfect central fissure to reveal an interlocking, undulating, topographical core.
The undulations are inspired by the rolling Cotswold Hills close to Lypiatt Park (the Gloucestershire manor house he inherited from his father the sculptor, Lynn Chadwick, and the restoration of which he has continued over the past decade since his father’s death) and in the exhibition’s titular centre-piece, they follow the contour lines of the Ordnance Survey map for the area. The highly polished 18 carat gold from which Come Together is made making myriad the hills and valleys in the mirror reflection of each half. Similarly this strikingly beautiful effect is echoed in the other metal fabricated pieces, such as Marry Me, which is solid silver.
Whilst continuing the evocation of nature for which Chadwick is renowned, the sculptural pieces, both in form and title – including Come Together, Marry Me, We Go Together, Come Again – have an overt and wonderful sensuality. A celebration of the embrace of nature and the passionate connection one can feel to a landscape, and also a celebration of the passionate and multifaceted connection with a soulmate.
Chadwick’s multifaceted practice – artist, kinetic sculptor, engineer, architect, inventor and product designer – has informed all of the pieces in the exhibition which also includes two topographical reliefs created from wood and coated in plaster and three ‘flock paintings’ displayed on glass. To create the latter he invented an electro-static process to replicate patterns that were hitherto confined to his computer. “The lines,” as he explains, “are reproductions of the sorts of things I see on my computer screen when I’m generating paths to create these pieces. I see them, and I want to capture them, and I have captured them, and that is the job of an artist to try to possess visual (or other) experiences”.
Come Together is fantastic and inspiring tactile map to the landscape Chadwick loves and to the topography of love, and as gallery director, Eleesa Dadiani, says “a compelling survey of Daniel Chadwick’s current practice – each work is beautiful and full of surprises, both in the mediums he has engaged with, and the processes that have brought them into being”.
Daniel Chadwick: Come Together
Dadiani Fine Art, 30 Cork Street London W1S 3NG
9th October – 12th November 2015
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