The Sculpture ‘Marmite’ Question:

What do you love?

barry flanagan leaping hare broadgate london
Barry Flanagan, Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell, bronze, Broadgate, City of London (photo: Holly Wren Photography)

What do you hate?

antony gormley one & other
Antony Gormley, One & Other, 2009, commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Fourth Plinth with funds from Arts Council England. The event was produced by Artichoke in partnership with Sky Arts (photo: Matthew Andrews)

Jack Strange replies:

‘I love the metal wave shape and have seen skateboarders trying to ride it! It’s great the way these people had transformed it into another vehicle of use. The art work becomes its own thing, has its own life and is still in the process of transformation. I like to see that change and such an immediate response – and know that art is not a static finished entity, it evolves. Public art is about making a connection on some level.

I have a problem with the Fourth Plinth. It conditions a type of art making, like making an artist work to a design brief, it is too limiting for the true nature of public art. I think Antony Gormley tried to summarise the issue and make it ‘for the people’ but instead it is more like the Carling sponsored ‘busking corners’ in the tube, forcing somebody to ‘be something’ in that moment – it’s not a true freedom. That’s why I like the Flanagan, it is more truly open and the response those skateboarders have is intimate and real, the interaction is genuine and a relationship is formed.’

Jack’s work is currently featuring in The First Humans at The Pump House Gallery, London SW11, a touring exhibition, curated by Angela Kingston, where six artists are drawn together by their response to prehistory. Closes 29th March 2015.
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