Falmouth School of Art is delighted to welcome Conrad Shawcross to give the final School of Art Lecture this term, on Wednesday 2 December, Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus. Please note the earlier than usual 2pm start, and book your place by clicking this link.
Born in London in 1977, Conrad Shawcross studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, and the Slade School of Art, London. Drawing on his fascination with technologies and natural forces, with geometry, philosophy, physics and metaphysics, his machine-like sculptures often combine the appearance scientific rationality with a mysterious and sometimes melancholic ambiguity. Attracted by failed quests for knowledge, he likes to appropriate redundant theories to create ambitious structural and mechanical montages, using a wide variety of materials and media.
A number of his works pay tribute to great pioneers and analysts, and consider specific historical moments. For example, Paradigm (Ode to the Difference Engine), 2006 references the life of Charles Babbage, Space Trumpet, 2007 is inspired by the history of early acoustic mapping, while Slow Arc Inside a Cube, 2008 was inspired by scientist Dorothy Hodgkin’s discovery of the structure of pig insulin. More recently, Shawcross has developed the scale of his practice, taking on architectural spaces with work that combines epic scope and poetic grace.
He has been the recipient of many residencies, awards and commissions, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. For example, he was Artist in Residence at the Science Museum, London (2009 – 2011), collaborated with the National Gallery and Royal Ballet for the Cultural Olympiad (2012) and exhibited at the ARTMIA Foundation, Beijing (2014). In 2015 in London alone he produced a new series of permanent sculpture for Dulwich Park and a site-specific installation for the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard.