I was very pleased to be asked to take part in onform this year. It takes place from Sunday June 12th to 10th July in the grounds of beautiful Asthall Manor. I’ll be exhibiting a few pieces from my Degree Show as well as new work completed over the last few months in my brand new shed.
“Steven Atkinson is a 3D visualizer and sculpture actualizer who is bringing stone into the New Media Age. His three final degree works accompanied by documentation of Atkinson’s digital process are portraits of his friend skilled in producing specific facial expressions. Hung on one wall are seven bronze portraits accompanied by carved emoticon symbols composed of colons, dashes, brackets and the occasional letter. The classical origin of bronze used for sculptural purposes conjures an authority, as though the faces are the ancient derivation for the symbols we use in everyday digital conversations. Another sculpture produced to be experienced in the round includes two portraits embodying Ego and Shadow selves. The white marble face of a man who can barely contain his excitement (or his tongue) is the carefully contsructed external expression often found on social media profiles. Next to this FOMO induced and inducing expression of good times is an anxiety ridden dark green portrait hiding in an abstract, allegorical cave – the cave that is our real, uncomfortably balanced lives. Atkinson’s practice is not limited to carving the work or exploring the many faces of social media, he has also impressively advanced digital architectural design software to aid the design and visualization of the works within the stone.”
I’m delighted to announce that Emotional Scale has been chosen by international law firm Clyde & CO as part of their Workplace Art scheme! The work will be on display at their City offices for 12 months from the end of August, and the firm says this:
“Congratulations on being selected as part of the Clyde & Co Art Awards 2015! The Clyde & Co Art Committee was very impressed with your work and they have chosen this work to be displayed at the firm’s offices at the St Botolph’s Building and Beaufort House, London EC3.”
Thank you to Clyde & CO for choosing my work, I provide this diagram so that the work can be hung correctly, hope it helps 😉