Often failed sculptures are more interesting

Burge, Catherine, Allington, Edward and Charnley, Clare (2010) Often failed sculptures are more interesting. [Artefact]

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This output is a large scale watercolour drawing of a failed and destroyed
sculpture, and is accompanied by a reflective essay which explores the importance
of lost forms in sculpture.
The output reflects upon the primary importance of the failed-object in sculpture
through re-imagining the remembered work, now lost. Burge indicates that the
lost form might be more profound to the development of one’s practice than the
completed, exhibited, object. Burge’s output is part of a pair, exhibited together
in ‘Pebbles and Avalanches’ curated by Clare Charnley. Alongside Burge’s
drawing, hangs a watercolour drawing by sculptor Edward Allington of a failed and
lost form from the early 1990s.
Allington and Burge worked simultanaeously, but separately, on their own
drawings and upon separate but complementary narratives in the accompanying
Both sculptors reflect upon lost works, and learning about sculpture. The raw
enthusiasm of the art student is contrasted to the experienced eye of the sculptor,
in the first moment of meeting and seeing a difficult sculpture (later destroyed).
The narrative of ‘Often Failed Sculptures are more Interesting’ questions who is
teaching whom, when the memory of the object reasserts its impact and re-opens
the possibility of George Kubler’s theory of form as being a future taxonomy of
The dialogue of failure has been an increasingly important part of theorising
contemporary art as evidenced in the writings of Phyllida Barlow and the
Documents of Contemporary Art volume and this output contributes to this
Further, within the multi-authored volume ‘Pebbles and Avalanches’ these essays
on form and failure by Burge and Allington, are located alongside a number of the
other contributions on pedagogy and art and, taken together, the volume
constitutes an important reflection upon the intangible nature of learning and
teaching in Fine Art.

Additional Information:Crossley Galleries, Dean Clough, Halifax, 27th March to 16th May 2010
Keywords:ruin, absurd, catastrophe, aesthetic, beauty
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
Relation typeTarget identifier
ID Code:9640
Deposited On:29 May 2013 08:02

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