White Teeth in the Planetarium

  • Posted on: April 15th, 2013
  • By James McLardy

Private view – 12th April 6-9pm

Drawing influence from either side of the Modernist movement, ‘White Teeth in the Planetarium’ presents a series of dystopian sculptures made from pigmented wax, fiberglass, clear acrylic, paint and plastic laminate. Monumental forms and fragmented arrangements are dressed up in fake-façades, forging unstable material relationships. Ziggurats, ellipses and fluting dissect more purposeful lines. Art Deco meets Brutalism – Liverpool’s Queensway and Kingsway ventilation buildings in conversation.

A large folded screen divides the gallery, its thick waxy surface embossed with an Art Deco motif resembling a grandiose doorway or portal. Behind this sits a black shiny megalithic slab with a deep bowl containing a puddle of liquid. Upon this a fleshy lump of wax is sandwiched between the two sides of a clear acrylic shell form. Symbolism is embraced and abstracted here as with other works throughout the show.

Whether through detailed, opulently finished or more immediate processes, McLardy’s sculptures represent an artist intent on questioning notions of aesthetical and materialist authenticity through quizzical and sometimes comic means.

During the opening weekend of the exhibition The Royal Standard will be facilitating a Question and Answer session with James McLardy on 13th April at 1pm-2.30pm

Poster designed and screen printed by Helen de Main