‘Stone Appreciation # 2’
Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien
Artists Residency and Exhibition August 2012
Stone Appreciation # 2, takes as its subject six free standing, and to a greater or lesser extent well known rocks: the Bowder Stone; the Idol Rock; the Toad Rock; the Chiding Stone; the Hitching Stone and the Big Stone at Bentham, all located in the North West and South East of England.Having discovered these ‘celebrity’ rocks by purchasing postcards on the Internet, Dunhill and O’Brien have been preoccupied by a quest to visit and measure each of these, much photographed, landmarks.
Making even rudimentary measurements proved to be a tricky business. Videos capture the cumbersome choreography involved in negotiating each rock to establish basic proportions and dimensions. Meanwhile modelled forms, reminiscent of portrait busts, are presented, mounted on sculpture modelling stands specially tailor made for two artists to work in tandem.Finally there are the postcards themselves, a collection of images of the 6 rocks in question, often from similar angles, they are at once a popularity index (66 of the Bowder Stone, only 3 of the Big Stone) and a record of an enduring fascination with these improbable, awkward and ungainly forms.
Biographical Information: Dunhill and O’Brien have been working collaboratively since 1998, based in London, UK. They have been involved in exhibitions in galleries and project spaces in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Germany and Japan and have participated in residencies including the British School at Rome and the European Ceramic Work Centre s’Hertogenbosch, Holland.
Dunhill and O’Brien also edit and direct the research portal: www.collabarts.org that investigates the nature of, and issues related to, collaborative art practice through essays, links, interviews and a timeline.
Mark Dunhill completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic and graduated with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1977, he is currently Dean of Arts at Central St Martins (University of the Arts London).
Tamiko O’Brien studied Fine Art at North East London Polytechnic and graduated with an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London in 1988. She was Head of School of Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art and is currently Associate Dean of College at Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London) www.dunhillandobrien.co.uk
(Images of installed exhibition Andrew Watson – photographer]