2011 works: The Human Clay exhibition

University of Surrey has a vibrant Public arts programme with 30 sculptures and busts around the campus, including works by Bridget McCrum, John Mills, Diane Maclean and William Pye. Jon Edgar’s solo exhibition there in Nov/Dec 2011 was linked with his Surrey Sculpture Society Autumn lecture, to which about 75 attended. For those that did not see the Lewis Elton Gallery show, here are the new 2011 works and a summary of the catalogue text. The Carved Sculptures Edgar’s improvisational methods include not selecting blocks so much as them selecting him, so their material and proportions – which influences the … Continue reading 2011 works: The Human Clay exhibition

Poesis and immortality

What is behind the urge for making? I’ve always suspected it is something to do with our mortality and the desire to be around for longer than strictly possible, as well as just feeling like something that one needs to do. Plato’s Symposium, written around 360 B.C., considers a tea party dialogue on the meaning of love between Socrates and his mates, with the wise seer Diotima having issued advice on immortality to him. Her first point of this Benjamin Jowett-translated text  seems clear enough: Mortal nature is seeking as far as is possible to be everlasting and immortal: and this … Continue reading Poesis and immortality