"Think Objects Think": An online presentation of new sculptures by Iain Cheesman

12 May - 19 June 2022
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  • For the occasion of Iain Cheesman’s newest book, “Think Objects Think”, The Nomadic Art Gallery delves deeper in the artist’...

    Images, artwork, poems and writing: Iain Cheesman Writing / Essay: Anton Blank
    Design: Genie De Wit, Monster Illustration & Design Artwork Embroidery and Cover: Sarah Tout Published by: Iain Cheesman

    For the occasion of Iain Cheesman’s  newest book, “Think Objects Think”, The Nomadic Art Gallery delves deeper in the artist’ sculptural installations with a special online presentation. Alongside poems, the online exhibition brings together four shelve artworks, consisting of collected found objects mingled with elements of sculpture, embroidery, text statements and paint, with two large scale outdoor sculptures. 

     

  • Iain Cheesman on his new book "Think Objects Think", the exhibition and life in general

    Sam Wright , a videographer from Hamilton (NZ), had the pleasure of shooting a video about Cheesman's works in his studio and garden 

     

    “If I were to contemplate these varying things making up each new shelf artwork, I might be led towards an unravelling, an undoing of known narratives or purpose. Visually, they reek of chaos but with a little bit of looking and thinking I believe you will see these shelves as openings to a new language, or a place where you can move off the path of normal, to a place where you can observe the nuances and diverse possibilities of things” 

    - Iain Cheesman 

  • The shelf artworks started with a boy-child’s obsession with collecting wonderfully weird objects and have an evolutionary outcome. These works visually ambush spectators with an overwhelming array of different objects (both in color as in materiality).  As a kind of post-modern curiosity cabinet, the objects on the shelves are arranged to form a physical representation of a thought, by making a set of physical words. In an intelligent and experimental way Cheesman connects personal experiences with a deeply critical eye for what’s happening around the planet. 

  • Selected poems from 'Think Objects Think"

  • Installation shots

  • Outdoor sculptures

    Cheesman’s large outdoor sculptures feel more theatrical but reveal upon retrospection a certain irony and fragility in the eyes of the human condition. Being presented outdoors linkages appear between form, time and placeAlso the processes of entropy are always in the background - the realities of organisational failure, and loss of energy or more initially of form.

  • “ Cheesman doesn’t have much time for orthodoxies and his images and objects spin off into new images and objects,...

    “ Cheesman doesn’t have much time for orthodoxies and his images and objects spin off into new images and objects, which spins off again like a tail growing a new lizard. At the same time, it is democratic and participatory. The artworks are playfully accessible, but allude to the deeper existential questions of ‘What does it all mean?’ … In that sense, Cheesman is an absurdist. He is asking the big questions about what it all means, but he is fully aware that it may not entirely be possible to find the answers because it is the journey that matters. “ 

    - From Dr. Andrew Paul Wood's essay for Iain Cheesman's retrospective "Signs of earlier" at the Aigantighe Art Gallery

  • Iain Cheesman, Idiots , 2018

    Iain Cheesman

    Idiots , 2018 Rolled and Welded Stainless steel tube - Uracryl paint

    Ed. 2 of 3
    300 x 300 x 150 cm
  • There is a lot of ironic pragmatism in Cheesman’s work. He enjoys asking the questions and he enjoys the scenery...

    There is a lot of ironic pragmatism in Cheesman’s work. He enjoys asking the questions and he enjoys the scenery on the journey. He is inviting us to take a seat or stand in the isles of a bus heading where? To where we want to go? or where we once were?

    -  From Dr. Andrew Paul Wood's essay for Iain Cheesman's retrospective "Signs of earlier" at the Aigantighe Art Gallery

     

  • Iain Cheesman, 'Cloud' series , 2018

    Iain Cheesman

    'Cloud' series , 2018 Rolled and Welded Stainless steel tube - Uracryl paint
    Each cloud is unique and the size range so far has been 2.8 metres to 3.5metres high and approx. 2.5metres wide, the supporting back legs make the depth approx. 1.75 metres
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