"it's such a pleasure to welcome a real sculptor who has a deft, playful touch, as well as an over-active imagination." Brian McAvera. SCULPTURE magazine, published by The International Sculpture Center, New Jersey, USA
'New York Sugar Metropolis' is a giant collaborative project devised by international sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels who are donating their time and travel costs to realise this community-engagement exhibition at NO LONGER EMPTY in the Sugar Hill district of Harlem. Working with a team of professional artists and volunteers, it will be exhibited from June to August 2014 on the ground floor of a new multi-purpose Broadway Housing development that includes a ‘Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling’, a childcare centre, a roof-top community garden and new affordable apartments (targeting those who are homeless, on low-income or with mental and physical disabilities). Location: Sugar Hill: 404-414 West 155th Street, located on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, New York City.
HISTORY OF SUGAR METROPOLIS
Official trailer for Sugar Metropolis [created by Design Ethos for the RUA]
The 'Sugar Metropolis' project began in October 2013 as a giant
collaborative project devised for the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA) by sculptor Brendan
Jamison. Every visitor to the Ulster Museum was invited to participate in the
creation of this large-scale sugar cube sculpture installation, enclosed within
its own room as part of the RUA Annual Exhibition. Featuring half a million cubes, Sugar Metropolis was generously sponsored by KPMG, Arts & Business N.I. and Belfast City Council. Jamison outlined how
"this special project celebrated the power of collaboration in
art, unlocking the potential of thousands of minds working together in the
realisation of an artwork beyond any one person's singular
vision." Sugar Metropolis opened to the public on Friday 18
October 2013, with participation continuing until Sunday 17 November. With visitors coming to the Ulster Museum from all over the world, over 5,000 people contributed to the building of the sculpture. The completed Sugar Metropolis was on display until Sunday 5 January 2014 and received over 50,000 visitors. For further information please CLICK HERE
Culminating in September 2014, Brendan Jamison is currently working on a 2 year research project on Field Station Berlin, a Cold War American spy station built on Teufelsberg, an artificial hill in the Grunewald forest. The core of the research features 'intelligence reports' that Jamison has created through detailed analysis of the spy station with regular field trips to the site and extensive interviews with former intelligence operatives.Phase 1 culminated in a September 2013 exhibition at the WerkStadt Gallery, Berlin. Phase 2 was presented at PS Squared in Belfast during January 2014. For further information please CLICK HERE
Brendan Jamison with Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, at the Turner Prize award ceremony in Derry/Londonderry on Monday 2 December 2013. "It was wonderful chatting to Nicholas about the recent Henry Tate Mausoleum project, an intricate sugar cube carving installed in London's West Norwood Cemetery as part of the 'Curious' sculpture trail..." The Turner Prize exhibition continues at Ebrington Barracks until Sunday 5 January 2014. For images from the awards cermony please CLICK HERE
1 DECEMBER 2013
AMERICA: 8 PAGE INTERVIEW IN SCULPTURE MAGAZINE
Published by the International Sculpture Center, New Jersey
Imagination in Hyper-Drive
A conversation with Brendan Jamison. By Brian McAvera
It's rare for Irish sculptors, particularly those from Northern Ireland, to have a high profile by the time they are in their early 30s, but Brendan Jamison, seemingly without effort, has propelled himself into the limelight and is unlikely to be dislodged in the near future. I say "seemingly" because Jamison makes everything look easy, which is, of course, the mark of the true professional. In fact, he is a meticulously hard worker and an unusually gifted artist who uses non-traditional sculptural materials. Over the past decade, he has shown across three continents, and he has a "nose" for the high profile, such as his sugar-cube sculptures of the Tate Gallery and No. 10 Downing Street (exhibited at that building). Jamison is quirky and shrewd - one of those rare sculptors whose work has a quiet sense of humor. He has also, unlike so many Irish male sculptors, managed to avoid the trap of an insistently phallic machismo. Jamison integrates his male and female selves. Watching his sculptural mutations is one of the pleasures of a critic's life.
To view the entire 8 page feature please CLICK HERE
A DECADE OF CONSTRUCTION
10 YEARS OF JAMISON SCULPTURE STUDIO
Every year features at least 5 exciting projects, but we've edited it down to just one sculpture/installation per year to represent a slice of the action over the past decade.....
CHINA: 3 BEIJING EXHIBITIONS
During the month of March 2013, artist Brendan Jamison was in Beijing installing 3 exhibitions as part of China's annual Irish Wave festival, curated by Fion Gunn. A new series of sugar cube carvings on the theme of 'Walls and Borders' was on show at Creative Crossover China in the 798 Art District of Beijing. The three-part display comprised of the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall and the Belfast Peace Walls. Across the street in the NuoArt Gallery, an orange wax digger bucket was on display in 'A Tale of Two Cities' exhibition. For further information please CLICK HERE
London: Royal British Society of Sculptors
Belfast: Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
In October 2012, Brendan Jamison was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) and the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA). Pictured above: SUBMARIINES at the 'Interplanetary Revolutions' exhibiiton in the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.
ENGLAND: Towner Museum of Contemporary Art
EASTBOURNE TOWER (2008-2011) Brendan Jamison, sugar cubes. 500 x 700 x 800 cms, tower with river of sugar cubes. Installation at Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, England. Exhibition curated by Sanna Moore, 1 July to 18 September 2011.
London Festival of Architecture: Tate Modern and NEO Bankside in sugar cubes
Sugar cube sculpture models commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the 2010 London Festival of Architecture at the NEO Bankside Pavilion on the Southbank, London. NEO Bankside is designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The original bankside power station was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. It was transfomed into Tate Modern by Herzog and DeMeuron and opened to the public in 2000. Pictured above: TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 100 x 200 x 140 cms.
BERLIN: JEMA at The Reichstag
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Norman Foster's dome that was added to The Reichstag back in 1999, the John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) invited Brendan Jamison to build a sugar-cube version of the glass and metal edifice. In homage to the iconic 1995 wrapping of The Reichstag (then domeless) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, JEMA Director Sean Miller commissioned the production of a special wrapping fabric to cover the entire sugar sculpture and an unwrapping event took place at the front of The Reichstag. Several months later, JEMA travelled 'Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel' to the Samuel P. Harn Museum in Florida.
N. IRELAND: Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown
Pictured above: IN-BETWEEN (2008) Brendan Jamison, wool over wood, installation at Millennium Court Arts Centre,Portadown, N. Ireland. RED TUNNEL: 212 x 500 x 600 cms. YELLOW SPIRAL STAIRCASE: 265 x 160 x 160 cms. BLUE BRIDGE: 180 x 392 x 120 cms.
BELFAST: Digger Bucket Series
Pictured above: detail of DIGGER BUCKET SERIES (2007-2008) Brendan Jamison, microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood, 15 sculptures, dimensions ranging from 30 x 20 x 25 cms to 76 x 70 x 58 cms. Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
INDIA: KHOJ, New Delhi
Pictured above: AN OTHER WORLD (2006) Brendan Jamison, Site-specific installation at KHOJ, New Delhi, India, red wool bridge, blue wool railing, yellow wool ladder and red wool column.
BELFAST: Old Museum Arts Centre
In August 2005, Jamison held his first solo exhibition with a series of works focusing on the game-play involved in navigating the art scene, both locally and globally. The five works from this project encouraged the audience to engage directly with the exhibits and employ their own strategies to advance in the fabricated art world! Pictured avove on the wall: 'Guess the Biennale' and in the centre of the gallery 'Artopoly'. For further information CLICK HERE
BELFAST: Organic Architecture
Pictured above: detail images of IN-BETWEEN (2004) Brendan Jamison. Installation of 7 sugar cube sculptures with blue fabric,
heights: 285 cms, 210 cms, 185cms, 180 cms, 150 cms, 120 cms and 95 cms. School of Art & Design, Univeristy of Ulster, Belfast.
3 CURRENT EXHIBITIONS OPEN
1. DOWNING STREET, LONDON
Brendan Jamison' s carved sugar cube sculpture of NUMBER 10 has been on display in the entrance hall of 10 Downing Street since February 2012. For exhibition images please CLICK HERE
SCULPTURE ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
2. SO FINE ART EDITIONS, DUBLIN
A sculpture of a wax digger bucket is on display in the NEW YEAR COLLECTIONS exhibition at SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin. The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. ADMISSION FREE. Pictured above: BABY ORANGE DIGGER
BUCKET [model O24THB] (2011) Brendan Jamison,
microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood, 22 x 15.5 cms 19 cms.
EXHIBITION CLOSING AT 5PM ON FRIDAY 25 APRIL 2014
3. NORTH DOWN MUSEUM, N. IRELAND
BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL(2011) Brendan Jamison. A carved sugar cube sculpture commissioned by North Down Borough Council. On permanent display in North Down Museum, Bangor, Northern Ireland. Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm. Sunday 12:00pm to 4:30pm. ADMISSION FREE.
SCULPTURE ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
From America to China, Denmark to Singapore, over the past 12 months, Jamison's art practice has received over 100 pieces of media coverage across television, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.