Domus, Richard Mackness
Kensington High Street
Zone 6 - Earl's Court
Opposite 355 on Kensington High St, London, UK
From 18 June to 30 August
Daily | 24 hours
Cities nourish the soul. Here we gather to exchange ideas, trade and socialise; to draw on the power of the city and to contribute. ‘Domus’ takes the form of a giant plastic food package, crushed and discarded; the hollow shell has an interior space with the feel of a shelter. Lying on its side on the ground like a fallen statue, its smooth, sensuous curves echo the drapery of classical civic sculpture, yet while appearing soft are formed in hard grey concrete, the quintessential urban material. ‘Domus’ quotes from and subverts the material language of the city and its architecture.
The artist, Richard Mackness, often deals with opposites: Ancient / Modern, Worthless / Priceless - a way of questioning assumptions. The discarded food package, ubiquitous in the urban environment sits at a
point of contrast in city living; how to shelter and sustain the body while nourishing the self.
As a child, river clay from the banks of the Ouse near the artist’s home near York allowed the Roman soldiers, animals and monsters imaginings to find form in his mind. Inspiration abounds in York, an ancient city with a large population of statues, figures and grotesques to fascinate and delight. So it was a natural decision for Mackness, at the age of 16 to head to the city’s Art School; there he learned that creativity comes in many forms, and that one should remain true to one’s instincts.
Since then, he has pursued his own work, helped others with theirs (as a sculpture tutor and as a commercial sculptor working for more established artists) and worked with museums, companies and corporations as a maker and in design.
Mackness believes the imprint of touch, and the human actions recorded in an object are important. He continues: “Objects we encounter in the world are experienced through our physical being - we estimate, measure, and reveal the world to ourselves as a reflection of the body we possess. And for me, sculpture is a particular discipline; it is a story told in form, mass and surface. It exists in space, sharing the world with every other thing, like a human being.
Public Art Trail continues across the area, with further sculptures displayed in Chelsea, Earl's Court, North Kensington. Follow the trail via our map.kcaw.co.uk
Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the Art Trail: RBKC, Kensington and Chelsea Festival, Cadogan (Principal Sponsor), The Design Museum, Exhibition Road Cultural Group and the Great Exhibition Road festival, ECDC.