Wednesday, 30 January 2013

David Kemp Exhibition 'The Tribe That Held The Sky Up'

For more than 30 years, David Kemp has lived and worked on the exposed Atlantic coast of West Cornwall - inspired by the natural landscape, and by the remains of the tin-mining industry carried out there since medieval times. Living among the ruins, he collects fragments, piecing together curious connections between past and emergent mythologies and technologies. Working in a variety of materials including timber, steel and bronze, Kemp is perhaps best known for his reconstruction sculptures. These are sometimes compared to the work of archaeologists and ethnologists, often being humorous and sometimes exhibited as spurious museum pieces. Millennium is proud to house some of these recycled beings in David Kemp's latest exhibition - 'The Tribe that Held the Sky Up'.
David Kemp was born in London, on leaving school he went to sea as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy for four years. He attended Farnham Art School and Wimbledon School of Art, and moved to West Cornwall in 1975. Kemp is a prolific artist who has exhibited widely including at Tate St Ives, the Arts Council Touring Exhibitions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Newlyn Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, Manchester Museum of Modern Art, Plymouth Arts Centre and in many other places. Kemp's significant involvement in Public Art begun when he was artist in residence in Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in 1981. Here he learned the important links between site and content, which he has applied to the many large scale, site-specific sculptures he has built around Britain in the last 25 years, including 'The Tinners Hounds' and 'The Murdoch Mosaics' as part of Redruth Town Regeneration Programme, a series of large sculptures at The Eden Project and many others around the country.

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