One of the most imposing of the galleries that line Vyner Street, Wilkinson is a masculine space, and Full-scale, the first UK solo show of London-based artist Matt Calderwood is a masculine affair. Big, bold and monochrome, like the space it inhabits, there is nothing shy about this show.
Some of the declaimed aims of the exhibition are a tad grandiose; ironically, Calderwood’s exhibition is exactly a sum of its conceptual parts – borrowing ideas and aesthetic elements from Minimalism and Constructivism – in its quest to explore the relationship between object and material, and between individual elements and the whole.
Taking single recurring elements of each of the imposing rubber sculptures that take up the central space of Wilkinson’s cavernous Lower Gallery, and using them as printing blocks, Calderwood’s sculptures consequently only manifest as complete objects through this processing of their parts – in an inversion of the conventional process of production, the art works themselves, the sculptures, become the materials that create the two-dimensional large-scale prints that adorn the walls – which in turn, complete the development of the sculptures. It is a process that aligns with design practices, and even mathematics.
The interplay between the two and three-dimensional pieces is a satisfying one, and is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this exhibition; but each piece also possesses an autonomous pleasure. Calderwood has approached his first exhibition with the prowess of an institutional artist. The concepts he examines are not particularly original, but they are executed with aplomb, and the results are satisfying – chunky, blocky, edifying art that anyone can enjoy.
-- Charlotte Jansen, a writer living in London
All images courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.
Images: Installation view, 2011; Untitled, 2011, Gloss on paper (367.5 × 240 cm).