Belated update for a show in December 2020.
Multiple casts of a single portrait, adorned with four different headdresses representing
Animisim, Polytheism, Monotheism and Atheism, that explore ideas of identity.
In the small window is a related proposal for an empty plinth on Princess Avenue, Liverpool.
A 3/4 life-size portrait, modelled at the end of last year, just out of its mould.
Still needs chasing and painting. This is a technical dry run for a full-body
sculpture of a male model that I am about to start, that extends an idea that
starts with Rodin’s Age of Bronze, travels through Onslow Ford’s Linus, and
is now being pushed into new territory.
Another agar jelly cast I made of the same head has developed very
differently from the first one. Probably partly to do with the warmer weather.
The mould hasn’t developed much but the
head is slowly dessicating, warping it’s shape.
Listen To The Hand ‘Cause The Face Ain’t Talking (With Apologies To Vicky Pollard)
Venue: 5 Bold Place, Liverpool, L1 9DN (next to ‘Bombed Out Church’)
Dates: 15 June – 31 July, 2018
Jeans playfully explores life-sculpting’s practical conflict with expression by
comically contrasting the dour head of a man who sat long hours for his portrait
with the gesturing hand of the artist full of meaning. Accompanying this are 100
drawings that impressively chart the hand’s boundless expressivity.
The head keeps changing in unexpected ways
Mould growth seems to be slowing
sadly but the head still looks good,
even if too head like for my liking.
The head is developing a distinctively unique character all of its own.
It has morphed not just by developing mould but also by the
shrinking and cracking of the agar jelly as it dries out/matures.
BACK FROM THE DEAD
Date: 20 February – 4 March, 2018
Venue: 5 Bold Place, Liverpool, L1 9DN
Viewing: 08:00 – 23:00 daily, from street.
Using a head cast in mould inducing materials and
seemingly rude grafitti, Adrian Jeans explores the
on-going conundrum of whether a portrait is a replica
of a person and a reflection of their character or a
physical object with an existence and presence all of its own?
Image: Back From The Dead (detail)
(from the Living Head series)
Progress ….. and in multi-colour!