The National Sculpture Factory is a place of production; a place where artworks are always becoming, we are interested here not simply in the finished artworks themselves but the disparate origins of ideas that spur artists to make what they make.
Loquium is a new online lecture series looking at the materialised forms of sculptural practices and the knowledge they produce. We hope to delve into the differences in artistic material enquiry and its material possibilities. We look to develop a new vocabulary to engage in discourses around how these sculptural enquiries lead into unknowable territories and spaces of not knowing where often the artistic research is not separable from the art itself and how artists themselves bring new thinking into the world that is often beyond traditional academic understanding.
The next in the live lectures series is
Unfolding meaning: Material Lead Research Through Origami by Alex Pentek on Thurs 27th August 1:00pm
Alex Pentek is an Irish artist who creates public realm and gallery based artwork to playfully explore the interconnectedness of all things. Alex Pentek’s body of work covers a variety of materials from large scale public realm sculptures in steel, to gallery based paper works. Alex’s paper sculptures blur the boundary between engineering, magical trick, Mobius form and mathematical construct. Often creating new origami folds for this work such as his star-shaped pattern and stellated icosahedron, in designing his paper-sculptures, he uses a mixture of mathematics, drawing, 3D computer modelling and precise origami paper folding techniques.