Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and PINK present Courtship, a new sculptural installation by Liam Fallon. Fallon’s sculptural practice focuses on the exploration of queer culture and the way that materials contribute to this exploration.
The binary of private and public marks a particular point of interest for Fallon, more recently looking into the familiar relationship framework of falling in love and suffering loss, occurrences that are at once unfolding in the public realm, whilst at the same time remaining an enigmatically private affair.
Courtship (2021) explores the utilisation of objects and acts and their potential to perform an abstract notion; bringing the experiential idea of courting into the physical arena filtered through the Greek creation story by Aristophanes. This story tells the origins of human beings as interconnected, who became physically separated by a lightning bolt thrown by Zeus after embarking on a quest to climb Mount Olympus. Cast back into the world, these beings spent the rest of their days trying to locate one another; yearning for the loss of the other half, the bit that’s missing.
Taking the form of a trebuchet, Courtship presents a sculptural speculation, inviting us into a performative narrative where the object takes centre stage and becomes the protagonist. Using an ever familiar recipe of materials, Courtship explores a combination of MDF, paint and rope creating an imposing structure that serves as a tool to be used by these hybrid people to find their other halves; capturing them so that they’re never parted again.
With special thanks to SEESAW and 86 Princess Street for supporting the project, and making this installation possible.
This new sculptural installation has been developed with the support of our Sculpture Production Award 2019. This was open to emerging artists working in 3D, based within the UK but outside of London, the Award provided six sculptors with skills, mentoring and a £1,000 production grant towards the realisation of a new work. Find out more.
The Sculpture Production Award 2019 was funded by Arts Council England and Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre. With special thanks to CVAN EM, CVAN South East, Eastside Projects, New Art West Midlands, STEAMhouse and the Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network for supporting the cost of administering the Open Call to ensure it remains free to apply.
Programme partners: Branch Arts, Castlefield Gallery, Coventry Biennial, CVAN EM, CVAN South East, Eastside Projects, New Art West Midlands, New Contemporaries, Primary, STEAMhouse, Temporary Contemporary, Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Additional exhibition partner for this residency is PINK.