Luke Fuller : Terra - form: the debut solo show
" [These] empathetic, passionate sculptures explore the bodily in relation to land, space and time – surfaces poised between skin and rock as a representation of living human/nature. Coarse, highly grogged clay bodies have iron chromate and manganese dioxide applied and colours underscore restless animation. We discern blackness, congealed blood reds, ecru, onyx, shades of brown, grey — and white.. "
- extract from the catalogue essay
All chaos is put into the dark inside of the art
Martina Margetts, Critic, Curator and Senior Tutor, RCA
" I remember as a child always approaching Port Talbot in the car and seeing huge plumes of smoke and a vast industrial landscape that collided with the sea on one side and mountains on the other. It felt alien and abstract. I don’t think I really understood as a child what was going on in terms of the steel production; little did I know that the car I was sat in was made from the stuff.
I think there is a lot to be said about the disconnect between our understanding of the excavation of raw materials needed to sustain our current technological existence and the industrial way we live.
The relationship I have with Port Talbot has created a strong sense of place in my practice with regard to my fascination with industry and landscape, as well as fuelling my interest in abstraction, construction and disruption of form. "
- Luke Fuller