NSK State’s Peter Blase plus Henry Moore Indoors
April 12, 2012
Tags: Bruce McLean, Calvert 22, Chris Stephens, David Barnett, Don't Do Any More Henry Moore, Dudley Sutton, Gagosian, George Melly, Henry Moore, Jaspar Johns, Joseph Beuys, Malevich, Manca Bajec, Mark Francis, NSK State, Peter Blase, Tate Britain
Peter Blase at CHELSEA space
Peter Blase's NSK State passport
When he arrived, Peter presented his NSK State passport which was duly stamped by artist and CHELSEA space Research Fellow Manca Bajec. NSK State In Time
is a virtual state and a worldwide collective of over fourteen thousand citizens. It was formed in 1992 and held its first Citizens Congress
in Berlin in 2010. Peter’s passort is filled with incredible NSK and Laibach related stamps from concerts, exhibitions, bookshops etc from all over the world. For those who are interested in becoming a citizen of NSK State it is possible to apply for a passport from the NSK State Information Office
Peter Blase 'NSK Sledge' 2011 at Calvert 22. courtesy IRWIN
Peter Blase’s NSK Sledge 2011 is a multi-media sculpture based around a rescue sledge a vehicle that he describes as grounded but in flux “moving the Suprematist body in time”, the torso on the sledge “represents all NSK State citizens of all ages and all sexes”.
Peter Blase 'NSK Sledge' 2011 - detail
The work, in keeping with IRWIN/NSK visual language, references particular symbols, art and artists – the black slate at the top relates to IRWIN, a star references Jasper Johns, in the centre is a copper cross on a felt square, a synthesis of Malevich and Beuys, the detail above shows a box containing a self portrait of Ute Klophaus, a well known photographer of Joseph Beuys.
artist Bruce McLean strikes a pose with Chelsea's Henry Moore 'Two Piece Reclining Figure #1' 1959
We were delighted at CHELSEA space to read the Guardian newspaper’s headline on the 5th April ” Henry Moore sculptures head into great indoors for exhibition” reporting that Gagosian Gallery are taking Moore sculptures normally shown outside and bringing them into a gallery.
Henry Moore 'Two Piece Reclining Figure #1' 1959 installed at CHELSEA space in May 2010
Henry Moore (centre) helps technicians install his sculpture at Chelsea School of Art in 1964
The sculpture was bought from Henry Moore by Chelsea School of Art and was installed outside the school’s new building in Manresa Road in 1964.
installation view of 'Don't Do Any More Henry Moore' at CHELSEA space in 2010
Two Piece Reclining Figure #1 had been exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park whilst Chelsea College of Art and Design was moving from its former site in Manresa Road, Chelsea, to its new home next to Tate Britain at Millbank. CHELSEA space planned to exhibit the sculpture whilst it was effectively still in transit, on wooden pallets,covered with blankets and tied down.
'Two Part Reclining Figure #1' at Chelsea School of Art c.1965
The sculpture was surrounded by framed items from Chelsea’s archive documenting the sculpture’s acquisition and various movements from its permanent home to exhibitions at the Tate Gallery London (1968) and the Jeu de Paume in Paris (1996).
CHELSEA space's Alicia de Toro enjoys a more intimate perspective of a major sculpture
Our aim was to give some insights into the processes and machinations around artworks that we normally only see in their final display context.
Chris Stephens at the CHELSEA space private view. Chris was curator of the 2010 Henry Moore Exhibition at Tate Britain which ran concurrently with the CHELSEA space show on the other side of Atterbury Street
Talking of the forthcoming Gagosian show in the Guardian, Director Mark Francis said “You’ll be able to see the sculptures much more viscerally and close up. If you see them in the English landscape it associates them with a Britishness which is part of Henry Moore, but not the whole part.” Albeit on a much smaller scale, we hope that CHELSEA space achieved this up close and visceral experience in 2010.
actor and writer Dudley Sutton recites his poem 'Don't Do Any More Henry Moore' in a video by David Barnett made especially for the exhibition at CHELSEA space
The title Don’t Do Any More Henry Moore
came from a poem by the actor and writer Dudley Sutton and is a lament for the bad back of an art handler who moves heavy sculptures for the Tate Gallery, the professionalisation of art handling and the equipment used was one of the themes in the CHELSEA space exhibition revealed in a chronological series of photographs from 1964-2010. Don’t Do Any More Henry Moore
was also the title of a song by the artist and musician George Melly, a reworking of the poular music hall song of 1926 Don’t have any more Mrs Moore
made popular by the singer Lily Morris.
Henry Moore's 'Two Piece Reclining Figure #1' 1959 in its new location at Millbank
Henry Moore Late Large Forms is at Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Brittania Street, London WC1 from May 31st – August 18th.