Bainbridge's subjects are banal, everyday objects writ large and covered in man-made fabrics. In this example, completed in 1989, the subject is an out-size box for an engagement ring, upholstered in fake fur. 'Sugar' is an ironic term of endearment aimed, presumably, at the recipient of the ring.
Notes from: British Arts Council
Eric Bainbridge was Henry Moore Foundation Fellow at University College London (1989-91) received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Sculpture in 1996, and was Delfina resident (1996- 98) He was sculpture tutor at the Royal College of Art (1991-2000) and is currently Professor of Fine Art at the University of Sunderland.
He came to prominence in the 1980's with the "British Object Sculpture". He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, ICA Boston, and Salvatore Ala New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Venice Biennale's 1986 & 1990, Riverside Studios London, and Delfina London.
Recent shows have been at Zoo, and Pulse Art Fairs with Workplace, Gateshead, "Collage" at Bloomberg, London, Salvatore & Caroline Ala, Milan, and "Size Matters" touring UK, and "Glad things don't talk" at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
His work has dealt consistently with issues of scale and the status of objects and materials in contemporary culture, employing unexpected tactics of formalism and humour, low grade materials and the examination of modernist languages.
Article By: Dave Roberts.
First Published: 2007.
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