Ways Through Stone exhibition comes to the Glass Tank

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ways Through Stone

A sculptural installation focusing on the transformative qualities of material is currently on show at Oxford Brookes.

The exhibition from the artist Claudia D. Schlürmann is entitled Ways Through Stone. It is on display until Monday 3 March in the Glass Tank on the University’s Headington campus.  

The installation consists of a ‘flow’ of Cotswold limestone that follows the exact direction of the geological formation deep down under our feet, and which runs diagonally to the ground plan of the gallery.

A series of stepping-stones lead to an intimate space framed by walls surfaced in carded white wool, which create the shelter for a single sculpted stone.

Sixteen wooden stools invite visitors to contemplate their connection with and understanding of the material forms.

The table at the opposite end to the shelter holds three books, which present different aspects of the artist’s engagement with stone.

The project forms part of a practice-based PhD within the Social Sculpture Research Unit (SSRU) within the University’s School of Arts.

The SSRU has a rich history that echoes the evolution of the ideas and practices that we are currently working with. It was launched in 1998 at Oxford Brookes University, connected to a new interdisciplinary arts programme developed by Shelley Sacks.

The programme is focused on creative strategies for developing an engaged contemporary practice drawing strongly on the commitment central to the field of social sculpture – that every human being is an artist, called upon to transform their conditions.

To accompany the exhibition a series of social sculpture workshops will also take place in the Glass Tank on the 27, 28 and 29 January (10am – 5pm). The aim of the workshops is to access insights into the nature of imagination and the transformative potential of art processes.

Anyone wishing to register their interest in attending should email info@atelier-cds.de

Further information on the Social Sculpture Research Unit can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.