Ulster Museum, Belfast
1:15pm on Wednesday October 22, 2014
Gallery 5, Level 5
Duration: 10 minutes
As part of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts education programme, sculptor Brendan Jamison will discuss his two carved sugar cube sculptures which are currently on display at the Ulster Museum. The presentation will take place in front of the works. Questions from the public are welcome. For further information please CLICK HERE
Jamison's art is housed in significant collections across the globe:
MoMA, A Book About Death project, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Creative Crossover China, Beijin
Diploma Collection, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
John Erickson Museum of Art, Florida, USA
California State University, USA
Native Land, London
Cyrill Sweett, London
University of Ulster print-making collection, Belfast
Fitzrovia Group, Belfast
North Down Borough Council, Bangor, N. Ireland
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES
Film still from Brita commerical. Directed by Matthias Zentner. SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. 221,314 sugar cubes. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.
SUGAR BIOLOGY, LOS ANGELES
Harvest Films, based in Los Angeles, commissioned sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels to travel to Hollywood to create a giant human-shaped city in sugar cubes for a television commercial by global giant Brita, the German water-filter company. Using 221,314 sugar cubes and measuring 8 metres long, the sculpture represents the average amount of sugar that a human consumes in a lifetime. Directed by Matthias Zentner, the TV campaign was released on Canadian TV on Monday September 8, 2014. It is designed to highlight the serious health risks of drinking liquids with high sugar content. For further information please CLICK HERE
SUGAR BIOLOGY - behind the scenes with Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison (87 seconds)
AWARD WINNER: THE TEXTILE SOCIETY, ENGLAND
On 1st October 2014, Brendan Jamison won the annual Professional Development Award from the UK Textile Society. The award will fund an exhibition of wool forklift sculptures in March 2015 in Beijing, China. The judges stated "the project is witty, exciting and has an innovative gender approach with excellent promotion of UK textiles". The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary. Established in 1982 as an educational charity, the Society gives support to students, designers, historians and practitioners though its educational and professional awards. The Society's Journal, TEXT is published annually.
JUNE - AUGUST 2014
SUGAR METROPOLIS, HARLEM, NYC
'New York Sugar Metropolis' is a giant collaborative project devised by international sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels. The exhibition is hosted by NO LONGER EMPTY at a new artspace in the Sugar Hill district of Harlem. Sugar Metropolis is open to the public to contribute and is on display until Sunday August 10, 2014. It is located on the ground floor of the new Sugar Hill Museum of Art at Broadway Housing Communities, 404-414 West 155th Street, on the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, New York City. Opening hours: Thursday and Friday: 3-7pm. Saturday and Sunday: 1-6pm. FREE ENTRY. Project sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the New York office of the Northern Ireland Bureau and LuLu LoLo Productions. For further information CLICK HERE
SUGAR METROPOLIS REVIEWED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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 74,000 visitors. For further information please CLICK HERE
GERMANY: TEUFELSBERG FIELD STATION BERLIN
Brendan Jamison's plastic block artworks from the INTELLIGENCE GATHERING exhibition at PS Squared Gallery, Belfast, Januray 2014. Photography © Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio
Completed in April 2014, Brendan Jamison worked on an 18 month 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
TURNER PRIZE 2013
Brendan Jamison, Nicholas Serota and Carrie Neely. Photography © Christine Trueman
MONDAY 2 DECEMBER 2013
TURNER PRIZE AWARD NIGHT
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' exhibiton 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: The Reichstag Dome
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.
4 CURRENT EXHIBITIONS OPEN
1. ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY, BELFAST
As part of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 133rd Annual Exhibition, Jamison is exhibiting a new sculpture of a war memorial, commemorating the victims of the First World War who died during the Battle of the Somme. Pictured above: THE ULSTER TOWER, THIEPVAL, FRANCE (2014) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 43 x 18 x 16 cms. Presented on a wooden base with acrylic display case. The exhibition runs until 4 January 2015 at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4:30pm. ADMISSION FREE.
EXHIBITION CLOSING AT 5PM ON SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2015
2. 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
3. WRAY GALLERY, BELFAST
A small orange digger bucket is on display in the office sales room of the Wray Gallery, located behind the City Hall. Address: 14-16 James Street South, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The gallery is open from 11:30am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. ADMISSION FREE. Pictured above: BABY ORANGE DIGGER BUCKET [model O24THB] Brendan Jamison, microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood, 22 x 15.5 cms 19 cms.
EXHIBITION CLOSING AT 5PM ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2014
4. 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.
10 YEARS OF REVIEWS
25 June 2014: DaiMohk TV, Chechen Republic [Language: Russian]
(1 minute, 25 seconds)
6 June 2014: The Wall Street Journal, New York City
13 May 2014: Discovery Channel, Canada (2 minutes, 36 seconds)
27 February 2014: Bloomberg TV, America (37 seconds)
December 2013. May 2011. April 2011. July/August 2009
18 September 2013
Northern Ireland: UTV: Sunday 12 May 2013,
UTV broadcasted an interview on 'The Magazine' show between Sarah Travers and sculptor Brendan Jamison at his Belfast sculpture studio. To view the short film and production photos please CLICK HERE
ITV DAYBREAK NEWS: 12 June 2012
UTV NEWS, 19 January 2012
THE OBSERVER, 26 February and 30 December 2012
10 November 2008 and 18 January 2011
HONG KONG: Appetite for Design: Eat Me, January 2012
BBC NEWS South East, 1 July 2011
2010, 2011, 2012
23 October 2009 and 30 June 2010
Summer 2008 and Autumn 2008
26 May 2007
2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012
© Brendan Jamison 2000-2014. Jamison Sculpture Studio, Belfast, Northern Ireland