Aisling Hedgecock – We are Stardust

We are Stardust

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth.

– Benoit Mandelbrot

Aisling Hedgecocks arbeider er et dynamisk grensesnitt mellom tegning og skulptur. Hun imponerer med en omhyggelig, grundig og sirlig arbeidsmåte der vi skimter en interesse for det organiske, det evige og det uforståerlige i naturen. Hennes verker gir assosiasjoner til både botanikk og biologi, så vel som universets mystikk.

Aisling Hedgecock (f. 1979) er født i Irland, og bor og arbeider i London. Hun har master i Fine Art Sculpture, ved Royal College of Art, London, samt studier ved Wimbledon School of Art, London. Hun kan vise til en rekke utstillinger, blant annet ved Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Amsterdam), South London Gallery (UK), Old Truman Brewery (UK), The British School at Rome (Italy) og Sherborne Contemporary Art & The Red House Museum, Dorset (UK).

Aisling Hedgecock ble til denne utstillingen tildelt BKHs produksjonsstipend på kr. 20 000,-.

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English text:

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth.

– Benoit Mandelbrot

Akershus Kunstsenter is delighted to present new works by British artist Aisling Hedgecock. In this, her first exhibition in Norway, Hedgecock presents a series of sculptures and a major drawing, alongside other work on paper. All works have been created especially for this exhibition and reflect time examining the interstice between Euclidian geometry and formlessness.

Marking a new direction in her work Hedgecock presents a series of bright, chromatic metal frameworks, housed within these open geometric structures are clouds of her signature coloured polystyrene granules. Francis Bacon’s Head V1, 1949, a reworking of Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1650, displays his characteristic use of a framework around the physical body heightening the sense of entrapment. In a similar register, the introduction of sharp linear projections provides space for the formless bio-geological growths to exist. Each exoskeleton varies in cultural reference; from Plato’s abstract building blocks of life, the cube and tetrahedron, to shapes that nod towards plinth, vitrine, and the recognisable contents of art gallery or museum. Hedgecock plays with the tensions brought together in these collisions, ordering colour and material to evoke relationships that range from the insidious and parasitical to the harmonious and universal.

The large-scale pencil drawing We Are Stardust takes its title from the chorus of Woodstock, the renowned Joni Mitchell song featured on the album Ladies of the Canyon (1970). The drawing is constructed from thousands of minuscule graphite circles revealing the skeletal structure of a large mammal. The result is an entropic and embryonic image momentarily fossilized on the surface of the paper before it disappears from sight, back to the stuff of stardust. Essentially a protest song, the Woodstock lyrics bring to mind a journey that traverses both galactic nebulae and an earthly Arcadia set against the psychedelic blaze of 1960’s American radical idealism. Hedgecock’s artwork takes its colour scheme from this epoch. Pastel and neon, luminous and Baroque, optimistic and transcendental, it comes from a place where wilderness still exists.

Born in Donegal, Republic of Ireland, 1979. Hedgecock studied Fine Art, Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London in 2001, and gained a place at the Royal College of Art, London in 2004. After the post-graduate degree Hedgecock was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Drawing and Sculpture at The British School at Rome, living and working in Italy until 2008. She exhibits in the UK and across Europe regularly. Most recent exhibitions include The Third Stellation, her first solo presentation at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, and group shows at Angus-Hughes, Cell and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and Galerie Schuster, Berlin. Her work is held in major collections in Europe.

The artist wishes to thank Des Alner and Julie Turner at Higher Green Farm Arts for their generous support in the making of this Exhibition.