Tuesday 9 September 2014 – Media Release
Sixty years of sculpture in ‘Past Present’ by Bridget McCrum
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, is to become the proud home to celebrated sculptor Bridget McCrum’s new exhibition entitled ‘Past Present’, opening 8th September. Unveiled on the Canary Wharf Estate in the year of her 80th birthday, the exhibition covers all major areas of Bridget’s practice, providing a retrospective insight over the illustrious career of the sculptor; from the early carving of a dog made when she was just sixteen to the impressively large bronzes and stone carvings produced this year.
McCrum’s work is distinguished by her preferred subject matter: the juxtaposition of fauna, notably birds, with ancient artefacts such as tools and ceremonial weapons. The sculptor perceives a synergy between nature and these symbols of early industry, drawing parallels between the primitive tools and the curve of a wing, or a texture worked on very old stones.
The sculptures that Bridget conjures from these influences and interests have great integrity, carrying the mark of her own hand; a facet of her methodology which she considers to be very important in conveying her innate feeling for the natural world.
The largest pieces in the exhibition depict birds, their characteristics and habits. McCrum skilfully renders their qualities whether hunting, resting, flying, watching or singing, at times merging their form with that of a ceremonial axe or a knife perhaps once used for harvesting corn.
The sculptor frequently brings drawing into her sculptures, especially in her carved pieces where, using a power hammer, she creates surface textures that appear to throw the form into greater relief or to indicate a soft area of downy feathers. She possesses a painter’s sensibility for the manipulation of bronze patina, which is demonstrated in this exhibition through the range of richly coloured and tonal variation that she achieves across the surface of both small and large pieces.
The arrival of McCrum’s work will continue the proud tradition of hosting ground-breaking sculptural exhibitions at Canary Wharf, as she joins the ranks of Michael Lyons and Eilis O’Connell who have also recently exhibited on the Estate.
Bridget McCrum’s exhibition proves that progression, innovation and an ability to bring new thinking into one’s work is not solely the preserve of the young. Perhaps these sculptures do not shock, but they can disturb, enlighten, delight and intrigue, providing an insightful glance at the world through the experienced eyes of this widely acclaimed sculptor.
Tuesday 28 October, from 6.30 to 7.15 pm
Curator Ann Elliott tours the exhibition with Bridget McCrum
The tour is free, but please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office to reserve a place firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
8 September – 14 November 2014
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focussed on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are now occupied by over 100,000 people.
Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.
In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is also involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and construction continues on 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London which is already 87% let. The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme
Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.
In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.
Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 65 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, together with numerous sculptural works and site-specific commissions by artists including Eilis O’Connell, Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.
‘Sculpture at Work’, the programme of temporary exhibitions held in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’. Curated by Ann Elliott in collaboration with Canary Wharf’s Public Art team, the programme has shown more than 60 exhibitions in which over 150 artists have participated. Exhibitors have included Sir Anthony Caro OM, Lynn Chadwick, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Charles Hadcock, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Eilis O’Connell, Wendy Taylor CBE and Franz West. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and David Nash, and many younger artists have also shown their work here at the start of their careers.
About Bridget McCrum
Bridget McCrum was born in 1934. She studied at Farnham College of Art and started carving seriously in 1980 when she had the time and space to do so. She has had her work included in exhibitions since 1984, with solo shows at Vanessa Devereux Gallery, London, in galleries in Malta, and since 1998 at Messum’s, London. Her work may be seen in many corporate and private collections, including the University of Surrey; Prior’s Court School, Newbury; Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland; HSBC, Malta; Spencer Stuart, London; Charter Bank, London; Golden Door Foundation, San Diego; Bryher, Isles of Scilly; and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, USA. Books on her work include Touch and Time. The Sculpture and Drawings of Bridget McCrum (2005) as well as a number of exhibition catalogues. McCrum is a member of the Royal West of England Academy, to which she was elected in 2007. She is represented by Messum’s.