Roy Voss’ new commission The Way Things Are is a sculpture that stretches the length of the Pavilion’s ground floor gallery space, between the floor-to-ceiling windows and the thin columns that run along it.
Constructed from machined and push-jointed wood, the sculpture’s form is drawn from the artist’s memories and from Victorian lithographs. It is a delicate and precise skeletal form that conjures an idea of a pier.
The Way Things Are extends Voss’ interest in romantic longing that exists between desire and real experience. With the wild sea as a backdrop, Voss finds something simultaneously prosaic and profound about the British seaside pier. Offering a familiar but inscrutable promise of enjoyment, there is a simple impulse to reach the end, with the melancholic yet reassuring certainty of returning.
If the coastline is a boundary, or a marker for the edge of ordinary experience, then the pier invites exploration across the sea with the reassurance of being tethered to dry land. Voss describes his sculpture as “a metaphor for secure adventure”, and its physical fragility reminds him of the proximity of potential collapse.
Plans for the De La Warr Pavilion originally included a pier: a two-level structure that led to a swimming pool out to the sea. Too expensive to pursue, the Pavilion’s unrealised pier is located between two real ones nearby: Eugenius Birch’s Victorian pier at Eastbourne, and dRMM’s contemporary pier at Hastings.
The Way Things Are is a co-commission between Berwick Visual Arts and Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, where it will tour next year.
The artist’s previous solo exhibitions have taken place at Brontë Parsonage Museum, Fordham Gallery and Dilston Grove. Voss has also presented two solo exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery: Pine and All the World’s a Sunny Day.
Group exhibitions include Durden and Ray (LA), Horatio Junior, Modern Art Oxford, Spike Island, Whitechapel Gallery, Annely Juda Gallery and Baltic 39 amongst many others.
The artist’s work is in both public and private collections including the British Government Collection, the Aspen Collection of Contemporary Art, Penguin Books, Wordsworth Trust, Arts Council England and Contemporary Arts Society.
Voss studied at Goldsmiths College and is represented by Matts Gallery, London.
An opportunity to own a work by a leading contemporary artist who has worked with the Pavilion.
To celebrate his new commission The Way Things Are, artist Roy Voss has created Edison Edition, a very special limited edition sculpture, hand-turned in birch wood. The Way Things Are is a sculpture that represents Voss’s idea of a pier, and speaking of his edition he says:
“A lightbulb is often used to symbolise the moment at which we have an idea: my edition is an idea that is designed to be held, to be touched.”More information
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Facilities for disabled visitors
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- An accessible Café
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