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INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Museum of Art and Culture, Kyiv, Ukraine. September 26-30, 2018

 

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

A group of children visit the sculpture installation

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

Thousands of children visit the sculpture installation

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

 

WATERFALL

 

 

International Northern Irish sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels have created an interactive waterfall sculpture for Mystetskyi Arsenal, the National Museum of Art and Culture in Kiev, Ukraine.

The project is a memorial to the tragic loss of over 10,500 lives since 2014 during the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. This is a subject that Jamison and Revels feel very passionate about, recognising how such devastation is often ignored by global press, world leaders and sometimes even distancing or denial by some within the region.

Visitors are encouraged to roll a vibrant sheet of yellow paper and insert the scroll into the wire structure of the installation. As it progresses, the room becomes filled with an ocean of yellow shapes radiating outwards. It is a mass-collaboration whereby the people of Ukraine can share in the ownership of the artwork.

Jamison states that “the intention of the Waterfall sculpture is to create a warm feminine honeycomb effect with a sense of fluid movement. This is in contrast to traditional war memorials which are often very hard, dark, masculine and sombre. The brightness of the yellow brings an optimism like sunshine. It can symbolise the shinning spirits of all those who have died in conflict. The idea is that the lives lost may continue like a ‘river of souls’, flowing into the future through another realm...

In 1991, in the aftermath of the coup in Moscow, the Ukrainian parliament voted for Ukraine’s independence which was later confirmed by a national referendum. In early 2014, a revolution saw Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych ousted from office. He had directed Ukraine towards closer integration with Russia. Two major reactions occurred to this revolution in a simultaneous timeframe. Firstly, the Crimean peninsula was annexed from Ukraine by the Russian Federation during February to March 2014. Secondly, Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine broke out into war against the new Ukrainian government and its armed forces. The Europe-leaning President Petro Poroshenko was elected on 25 May 2014 and is the current head of state. Tragically, four and a half years on, Eastern Ukraine remains in conflict to this day. Despite many efforts to create a sustained ceasefire on the front line, causalities continue to flood in on a daily basis. 1.4 million citizens have been internally displaced with a further 0.9 million relocating to other countries.

Despite this major conflict 200km to its east, the city of Kiev is a thriving cultural metropolis, bursting with creativity. Established in 2003, the Art Arsenal is not only the largest museum in the country but also one of the biggest in Europe. Visitors enjoy the eight metre high vaulted ceilings and it spans a total of 60,000 square metres. The building is an architectural monument of national importance, erected from 1783-1801 by Lieutenant-General Ivan Meller for the needs of the Kiev garrison.

Revels states that "it seems fitting that the Arsenal building started life as a military factory, and now, 217 years later, the 'Waterfall' sculpture transforms the vast chambers into an interactive memorial to the tragic loss of soldiers and civilians. Through our own experience growing up during the 30 year conflict in Northern Ireland, this is a subject close to our hearts. We hope the exhibition attracts a broad audience and the artwork is warmly welcomed by the people of Ukraine."

 

Information for visitors:

'Waterfall' was on display at Mystetskyi Arsenal as part of the 2018 'Arsenal of Ideas' interactive exhibition, an annual festival that attracts over 12,000 visitors a year. The museum was open for 5 days from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 September 2018. Please note the exhibition has now closed.

The mission of Mystetskyi Arsenal is to contribute to the modernisation of Ukrainian society and Ukraine's integration into the world context, building on the cultural value potential. 

Address: Mystetskyi Arsenal, 10-12 Lavrska Street, Kyiv, Ukriane, 01010

 

 

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Volodymyr Shuvayev for Mystetskyi Arsenal

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mark Radionov for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Saturday 29 September 2018

Brendan Jamison describes the symbolism of the sculpture

to the First Lady of Ukraine, Marina Poroshenko, as she admires the installation

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mystetskyi Arsenal

Saturday 29 September 2018

Left to right: Mark Revels (sculptor), Marina Poroshenko (The First Lady of Ukraine),

Brendan Jamison (sculptor) and Svetlana (Head of Education) standing in front of the installation

Waterfall (2018) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Paper and wire, 550 x 1200 x 1000 cm

Photography: © Mystetskyi Arsenal

Saturday 22 September 2018

Sculptor Mark Revels attaching rolls of yellow paper into the wire structure

during the construction of the waterfall installation

Photography: © Yegor Antonov for Mystetskyi Arsenal

Saturday 22 September 2018

Sculptor Mark Revels preparing to roll sheets of yellow paper

during the construction of the waterfall installation

Photography: © Yegor Antonov for Mystetskyi Arsenal

Saturday 22 September 2018

Sculptor Mark Revels preparing to roll sheets of yellow paper

during the construction of the waterfall installation

Photography: © Yegor Antonov for Mystetskyi Arsenal

 

 


OUTDOOR WOOD SCULPTURES

 

2015: CLASH

G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

In response to the mechanical devices of the construction industry, Jamison favours an organic approach, choosing the material of wood, combined with the colour green and the creation of natural-shaped openings at the sides of the structure. Upturned with its curved back stretching outwards, the digger bucket seems to attack the tree with its four pointed teeth, like the claws of a giant bear in the forest.

 

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. G.S.C. Sculpture Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

Sculptor Brendan Jamison in the studio applying the second coat of green paint.

GIANT GREEN DIGGER BUCKET [model G210THB] (2015) Brendan Jamison

Wood. 210 x 170 x 94 cms. Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

 

 

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