The Way Things Are
Roy Voss: The Way Things Are.
Image Credit: Rob Harris
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
24 March – 23 June 2018
Berwick Visual Arts, Berwick-upon-Tweed
6 April – 9 June 2019
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.
The Way Things Are is a co-commission between Berwick Visual Arts and Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. It originated from Matt’s Gallery.