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30 NOVEMBER 2017

DAGENHAM OPUS

CEDRIC CHRISTIE

Private View: Thursday 30 November 6pm - 8.30pm

NEW ADDRESS:
Unit 3, 50 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 4TR


We are delighted to invite you the inaugural exhibition at WBG London Projects on Tower Bridge Road. Dagenham Opus will be a solo presentation of new and developing work by Cedric Christie influenced by the relocating of his studio a year ago into a steel bending factory in Dagenham.

In the mid 1990's Cedric began working as a sculptor, initially inspired by friendships struck up with artists who had moved into the same area of East London as he was working as steel fabricator. Cedric is the definition of an autodidact  - he has one of the best libraries of philosophy and art history that you are likely to find in any factory anywhere - his appetite for learning and his areas of interest have no limits. A conversation with Cedric might take you from Guy Debord, to the best local cafes, via Brancusi and ending up at the primal spectacle of arena boxing, all the while crackling classical records echo past beautiful old steel rollers, benders and grinders. It is this magpie nature that has always informed his art; taking a found or familiar object and combining inspiration from constructivism or minimalism and adding his own distinct voice and humour - as seen in his iconic snooker ball and scaffold works. The thread that pulls together these eclectic interests is the artists intuition for restraint and a pitch perfect understanding of form in space.

Dagenham Opus marks a shift in Cedric's way of working, toward something looser; the freedom allowed by access to the factories' facilities means he can execute ideas quickly and improvise with steel in a way he could not have previously done. The first experiments he made were a series of mono-prints created with off-cuts of rolled steel taken from the factories skip. The delicate line traced by the edge of the metal on the fine Japanese calligraphy paper belies the weight of the steel and the roughness of the surroundings they were printed in. These have in turn led on to new series' of sculptures that have been informed by this way of working. All of the work included in Dagenham Opus has been made within a few, very productive, months. We wanted to capture within this exhibition some of the prodigeous energy of the factory-studio and to show some work that is continuing to develop along side those more fully resolved.

About WBG London Projects:
Inspired by artist-run project spaces, over a period of twelve months we will be presenting a small selection of artist-led solo presentations by sculptors. These installations will feature developmental or experimental work and works-in-progress, or premiere new, untried work.
WBG London Projects continues our gallery goal to further the development, exposure and profile of contemporary sculpture. It will operate alongside our sister project, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, which will re-open in May 2018.