The mould hasn’t developed much but the
head is slowly dessicating, warping it’s shape.
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 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)
Made an agar jelly cast of a full head to properly start my Living Heads
project. I added potato mush and stock cubes to the agar jelly to provide
nourishment for the moulds that will hopefully colonise the head, turning
this inanimate simulacrum of a living being back into a living entity.
Below: the head straight out of the mould.