Brendan Jamison name

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 


SUGAR CUBE SCULPTURES

 

HISTORY: In 2003, Brendan Jamison developed a pioneering technique of carving sugar cubes into intricate and complex forms. He manipulates the cube with specialist blades. An adhesive is applied to create a permanent binding between the sugar granules. The works can be described as sweet, sparkling, structured, controlled, geometric, architectural, organic, masculine, feminine, androgynous...

 

2014: SUGAR BIOLOGY, LOS ANGELES

TV commercial. Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

A collaborative sculpture by Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

 

Film still 1-3 from September 2014 Brita commercial, directed by Matthias Zentner

SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, 221314 sugar cubes,

100 x 800 x 400 cms. Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Detail of midtown in SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

Featuring 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar consumed by one

human being in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Detail of midtown bridge in SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

Featuring 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar consumed by one

human being in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Elevated view of midtown in SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

Featuring 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar consumed by one

human being in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Detail of train station in SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

Featuring 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar consumed by one

human being in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

BRITA - TV COMMERCIAL (2014) 30 seconds

The 'Sugar Biology' project by Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

features 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar that a human

consumes in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

SUGAR BIOLOGY - BEHIND THE SCENES (87 seconds)

Sculptor Mark Revels on the film set, constructing a bridge in

SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

Featuring 221,314 sugar cubes, the average amount of sugar consumed by one

human being in a lifetime. 100 x 800 x 400 cms. Directed by Matthias Zentner.

Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Behind the scenes of Canadian Brita commercial, directed by Matthias Zentner.

SUGAR BIOLOGY (2014) Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, 221314 sugar cubes,

100 x 800 x 400 cms. Commissioned by Brita and Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

Sculptors Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison on set during the filming

of the Brita commercial featuring a giant human city constructed from 221,314

sugar cubes. Commissioned by Harvest Films, Los Angeles.

 

 

 

2014: SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum, Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

 

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Detail of SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Exterior view of SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

 

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Firemen and volunteers help finish

SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels.

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Mark Revels (left) and Brendan Jamison (right)

sculpting their SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

Brendan Jamison (left) and Mark Revels (right)

sculpting their SUGAR METROPOLIS, NEW YORK (2014) 

250,000 sugar cubes. 190 x 900 x 600 cms.

NO LONGER EMPTY at Sugar Hill Museum,

Broadway Housing Communities, Harlem, NYC

Photography: © Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels

 

 

 

2013: SUGAR METROPOLIS, BELFAST

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum

 

SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013) Brendan Jamison.

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

     

SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013) Brendan Jamison.

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

Mark Revels, a member of the sculpture team on SUGAR METROPOLIS

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013) Brendan Jamison.

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

     

Sculptors Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison

constructing SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013)

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

Mary McCaffrey, a member of the sculpture team for

SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013)

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

   

Under the direction of the sculpture team, over 5000 members

of the public helped construct SUGAR METROPOLIS (2013)

500,000 sugar cubes. 180 x 900 x 700 cms.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Photography: © Tony Corey for Royal Ulster Academy

For further information and images on Sugar Metropolis, please CLICK HERE

 

 

2013: GREAT WALL OF CHINA, BEIJING

 

Installation detail of the GREAT WALL OF CHINA (2013) Brendan Jamison.

Carved sugar cubes and red powder. 16 x 65 x 85 cms.

WALLS AND BORDERS exhibition curated by Fionn Gunn.

Creative Crossover China, 798 Art District, Beijing

Photography © Brendan Jamison

Installation detail of the GREAT WALL OF CHINA (2013) Brendan Jamison.

Carved sugar cubes and red powder. 16 x 65 x 85 cms.

WALLS AND BORDERS exhibition curated by Fionn Gunn.

Creative Crossover China, 798 Art District, Beijing

Photography © Brendan Jamison

 

 

For further information on the Beijing 'Walls and Borders'

exhibition as part of IRISH WAVE 2013 please CLICK HERE

 

 

2012: HENRY TATE MAUSOLEUM, LONDON

 

SIR HENRY TATE'S MAUSOLEUM (2012) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 65 x 75 x 45 cms.

Photography:© Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

SIR HENRY TATE'S MAUSOLEUM (2012) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 65 x 75 x 45 cms.

Photography: ©Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

SIR HENRY TATE'S MAUSOLEUM (2012) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 65 x 75 x 45 cms.

Installation at Curious Art Trail,

West Norwood Cemetery, London. Curated by Jane Millar.

 

 

SIR HENRY TATE'S MAUSOLEUM IMMORTALISED IN SUGAR CUBES

As creator of sugar cubes in the UK, Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899) made his fortune in the sugar trade and was one of the most significant art collectors of the Victorian era. In 1897 he bequeathed his vast art collection to the nation and poured £100,000 in to the building of the very first Tate Gallery. Therefore the sugar trade and art have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship since the 19th century. Now four Tate museums exist across the UK and attract a global audience, with Tate Modern receiving the most visitors of any contemporary art museum in the world.

 

 

 

2012: 10 DOWNING STREET, LONDON

 

NUMBER 10 (2012) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 44.5 x 26 x 14 cms

This sculpture has been on display in the entrance hall of 10 Downing Street since February 2012

Exhibition curated by Janice Blackburn. Image © Brendan Jamison 2012

Exhibition curator Janice Blackburn with Brendan Jamison as they walk inside

to install the carved sugar sculpture in the Front Hall of Number 10 on

10 February 2012. Image © Brendan Jamison 2012

NUMBER 10 (2012) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 44.5 x 26 x 14 cms

Photography: Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Image © Brendan Jamison 2012

Interior display in the entrance hall of 10 Downing Street

on display since February 2012

NUMBER 10 (2012) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 44.5 x 26 x 14 cms

Credit: Crown copyright/Brendan Jamison

NUMBER 10 (2012) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 44.5 x 26 x 14 cms

Photography: Tony Corey for Jamison Sculpture Studio

Image © Brendan Jamison 2012

 

 

2011: EASTBOURNE TOWER, ENGLAND

Giant sugar cube installation with over a quarter of a million sugar cubes

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, 1st July to 18 September 2011. Image © Brendan Jamison 2011

Details of 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, 1st July to 18 September 2011. Images © Towner Museum 2011

 

Studio image of Brendan Jamsion constructing EASTBOURNE TOWER (2008-2011) A giant sugar cube installation built from over a quarter of a million sugar cubes and weighing 506 kilogrammes, jointly funded by Eastbourne's Towner Museum and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This three year project was completed with the assistance of Jamison's Chief Fabricator Karin Bamford. Image © Brendan Jamison 2011

The tower measures 500 x 180 x 100 cms. The installation also comprises of a sea of loose sugar crystals spread over the gallery floor, radiating outwards from the base of the tower.

 

 

2011: BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL, N. IRELAND

 

Commissioned by North Down Borough Council, Jamison's sugar cube sculpture of Bangor Castle Town Hall is on permanent display in the North Down Museum, Bangor, Northern Ireland. Designed by architect William Burn, the original Elizabethan-revival mansion was built in 1852 as a family home for Robert Edward Ward. This year is signified in Jamison's model through the hands in the clock tower pointing to 'eight minutes to seven' which, in the 24 hour clock, is 18:52

 

Museum image: BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL (2011) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes,

55 x 113 x 100 cms, displayed in a clear plastic display case on a beech wood base and pedestal,

commissioned by North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland. Image © Brendan Jamison

 

Studio image: Detail of front entrance of BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL

(2011) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

Studio image: detail of clock tower in BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL

(2011) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Brendan Jamison

 

 

Studio image: Detail of north facade of BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL

(2011) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

 

Studio image: at the corner of the north and west facades of

BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL(2011) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

 

Studio image: at the corner of the west and south facades of

BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL(2011) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

 

Studio image: at the corner of the north and east facades of

BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL(2011) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

Studio image: detail of upper level of the north facades of

BANGOR CASTLE TOWN HALL(2011) Brendan Jamison

carved sugar cubes, 55 x 113 x 100 cms

Image © Gary McCormick for North Down Borough Council

 

2011: ART ON THE SEAFRONT

Queen's Parade, Bangor, N. Ireland

 

'Art on the Seafront' 2011 features a series of 20 large-scale billboard images documenting the entire construction process of Brendan Jamison's sugar cube sculpture of Bangor Castle Town Hall. The 100 metre long stretch of photographs rejuvenates Bangor Town Centre's empty space at Queen's Parade redevelopment site. A time-lapse video installation of the construction is also on display at 124 High Street in a vacant shop. Deputy Mayor of North Down Alan Leslie launched the exhibition on Tuesday 6 September at Queen's Parade redevelopment site. Billboard images by Multi-media Officer Gary McCormick.

The Art on the Seafront project, now in its 9th year, was initiated by North Down Borough Council’s Art Section. Each year Art on the Seafront utilises diverse external locations including vacant shop fronts, billboards, adshel bus shelters and advertising mesh to bring visual art out of the gallery space and into the public realm, giving people who may not normally attend exhibitions an opportunity to view visual art. The projects revitalises vacant spaces and derelict buildings in Bangor Town centre.

 

Tuesday 6 September 2011 at 11am on Queen's Parade, Bangor, N. Ireland

Curator of 'Art on the Seafront' Gail Prentice, sculptor Brendan Jamison and

Multi-Media Officer Gary McCormick at the launch on 6 September 2011 at 11am

on Queen's Parade, Bangor, N. Ireland

For further information on Art on the Seafront please click here

 


2010: SOTHEBY'S, BOND STREET, LONDON

Tate Modern & Helen's Tower Series

TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 100 x 200 x 140 cms

HELEN'S TOWER SERIES (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, Sotheby's, Bond Street, London.  

   

HELEN'S TOWER (SMALL) [2010] by Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes,

dimensions of arcylic display case: 31 x 20.5 x 20.5 cms, Sotheby's, Bond Street, London

HEART from Helen's Tower Chimney of Hearts (2011) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes

dimensions of arcylic display case: 31 x 20.5 x 20.5 cms, Sotheby's, Bond Street, London

   

HELEN'S TOWER SOUTH CORNER TURRET (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes

dimensions of acrylic display case case 26 x 18 x 18 cms, Sotheby's, Bond Street, London

HELEN'S TOWER NORTH WINDOW [SMALL] (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes

dimensions of acrylic display case case 18.5 x 18 x 11 cms, Sotheby's, Bond Street, London

HELEN'S TOWER (2010) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 87 x 39 x 37 cms

HELEN'S TOWER (2010) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 87 x 39 x 37 cms

HELEN'S TOWER (2010) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 87 x 39 x 37 cms

Dimensions with case and pedestal: 180 x 62 x 62 cms

HELEN'S TOWER (2010) Brendan Jamison

Carved sugar cubes, 87 x 39 x 37 cms

 

Helen's Tower is located on Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, Northern Ireland. It sits on top of a wooded hill and was built in the Scottish Baronial style, begun in 1848 as a famine relief project, it was completed in 1861 by Lord Dufferin, Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. He dedicated the structure to his Mother Helen. 

HISTORICAL NOTE: The tower was later duplicated in exact detail at Thiepval, France as a memorial to the soldiers of the 36th (Ulster) Division who laid down their lives in the First World War. They had trained at a camp beside Helen's Tower before departing from the shores of Bangor to fight on the Western Front. The replicated building was named The Ulster Tower and was opened on 19th November 1921.

 

 

 

2010: TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE, LONDON

 

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.

 

 

TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 100 x 200 x 140 cms,

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON PR on behalf of NEO Bankside

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside

TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model, carved sugar cubes

& loose sugar crystals, 100 x 347.5 x 180 cms, sculptures commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the 

London Festival of Architecture, NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside

 

     

Photography © Brendan Jamison

TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model, carved sugar cubes & loose sugar crystals,

100 x 347.5 x 180 cms, sculptures commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the London Festival of Architecture,

NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010

LEFT: Six year old Kenya Lord adds a cube to Tate Modern's Chimney. RIGHT: Nicholas Gray (Native Land) with Craig McWilliam (Grosvenor) & Brendan Jamison

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside     

TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE PAVILION C (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model, carved sugar cubes

loose sugar crystals, 100 x 347.5 x 180 cms, sculptures commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the 

London Festival of Architecture, NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010.

             

At Turbine Hall entrance to Tate Modern, NEO Bankside Pavilion for the LFA 2010

Photography © Brendan Jamison

Outdoor signage for LFA 2010 at the NEO Bankside Pavilion at the sloping Turbine Hall

entrance to Tate Modern.

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE 2010: CAMRON PRESS LAUNCH DAY AT NEO BANKSIDE

Photography © Ash Knotek

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside

TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE PAVILION C (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model,

carved sugar cubes & loose sugar crystals, 100 x 347.5 x 180 cms, sculptures commissioned by

Native Land & Grosvenor for the London Festival of Architecture,

NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010.

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside

NEO BANKSIDE PAVILION C & PAVILION D UNDER CONSTRUCTION (2010)

Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural models, carved sugar cubes & loose sugar crystals,

commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the London Festival of Architecture,

NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010.

NEO Bankside is designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Photography © Ash Knotek, commissioned by CAMRON on behalf of NEO Bankside

   

  

Detail of TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model, carved sugar cubes &

loose sugar crystals, 100 x 200 x 140 cms, commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the London

Festival of Architecture, NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010. Photography © Brendan Jamison

 

 

FREE-STANDING SUGAR CUBE WORKSHOPS AT NEO BANKSIDE

London Festival of Architecture: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2010, sugar cube workshops supported by  Whitworths sugar

 

CREATIVE FUN: Castles, towers, pyramids, houses and hearts....children enjoy building sculptures with sugar cubes

Anton constructs a wall for his factory

Sculptor Brendan Jamison leads the sugar cube building workshop by demonstrating how to construct a house and tower to maximise stability with the little white bricks of sugar...

Anton's completed factory joins onto Rosalind's tower (on the left)

Building the foundations for a giant tower....

Matt adds a little note inside his sugar cube sculpture

 Workshop photography © Rosalind Freeborn of CAMRON PR

 

 

 

Photography: © Donal McCann (Photography commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland)

STUDIO IMAGE: TATE MODERN & NEO BANKSIDE PAVILION C (2010) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model,

carved sugar cubes, 100 x 200 x 140 cms, sculptures commissioned by Native Land & Grosvenor for the London Festival of Architecture,

NEO Bankside Pavilion, Southbank, 2nd - 4th July 2010.

 

 

2009: Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel, JEMA Berlin

 

Reichstag Dome, Berlin

Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel [model B2-RZK] (2009) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, installation at
JEMA, PLATZ DER REPUBLIK, THE REICHSTAG, BERLIN, GERMANY

Reichstag, Berlin

Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel [model B2-RZK] (2009) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, installation at
JEMA, PLATZ DER REPUBLIK, THE REICHSTAG, BERLIN, GERMANY

ILLUMINATED Reichstag Würfelzucker Kuppel (2009) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, a John
Erickson Museum of Art project at PLATZ DER REPUBLIK, THE REICHSTAG, BERLIN, GERMANY

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the world renowned Norman Foster designed dome, Jamison was invited to build a sugar-cube version of this state-of-the-art glass and metal edifice. In reference to the iconic 1995 wrapping of the then domeless Reichstag by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, JEMA Director Sean Miller commissioned the production of a special wrapping fabric to cover the entire sugar sculpture, a wrapping that was untied to reveal the sugar-cube dome on the opening night.

The show opened on Sunday 28th June at the Reichstag. The John Erickson Museum of Art later travelled the sculpture

to the Harn Museum in Gainesville, Florida for an exhibition: October 2009 to January 2010.

 

 

2009: FIREPLACE

 

FIREPLACE (2009) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 37 x 46 x 12 cms

 

FIREPLACE (2009) Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes, 37 x 46 x 12 cms

 

 

 

2008: SUGAR WALK

Architectural commission 1:100 scale model, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Sugar Walk

 

SUGAR WALK (2008) Brendan Jamison, scale 1:100 architectural model, carved sugar cubes, 60 x 65 x 35 cms,

commissioned by Fitzrovia Group/Bradkeel Developments for proposed construction at Great Patrick Street, Belfast

 

 

2007: OPENING HEAD WITH PROTECTIVE RING

GOLDEN THREAD GALLERY, BELFAST

 

Brendan Jamison with Sugarcube Sculpture

Artist beside OPENING HEAD with protective ring (2007) Brendan Jamison,
Sugar cubes and glue, 270 x 180 x 180 cms. Installation at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 

Detail of OPENING HEAD with protective ring (2007) Brendan Jamison,

sugar cubes and glue, 270 x 180 x 180 cms

installation at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 

Sugarcube Sculpture

Detail of OPENING HEAD with protective ring (2007)

Brendan Jamison, sugar cubes and glue, 270 x 180 x 180 cms,

installation at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 

Sugarcube sculpture

Detail of OPENING HEAD with protective ring (2007) Brendan Jamison,

sugar cubes and glue, 270 x 180 x 180 cms,

installation at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 

 

 

2004: IN-BETWEEN

School of Art & Design, York Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

In Between-Detail

 

         

 

       

 

       

  

IN-BETWEEN detail (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 

 

SUGAR-CUBE SCULPTURE (SPLITTING OPEN)
Upper detail (2004) Brendan Jamison
Sugar cubes and glue, 210 x 40 x 38 cms

Detail of SUGAR-CUBE SCULPTURE (OPENING) (2004) Brendan Jamison

sugar cubes and glue, 270 x 40 x 40 cms

 

SUGAR-CUBE SCULPTURE (SPLITTING OPEN)
Centre detail (2004) Brendan Jamison,
Carved sugar cubes, 210 x 40 x 38 cms

 

 

 

 

IN-BETWEEN detail (2004) Brendan Jamison

Installation of 7 sugar cube sculptures with blue fabric
    

OTHER WORLDLY FORMS (2003) Brendan Jamison

7 sugar cube sculptures.

 

There are many conceptual levels to the sugar cube as an artistic medium, having now worked with the material for 10 years, here are a few of Brendan Jamison's thoughts:

1). THE WHITE CUBE

The sugar cube can make a direct reference to the white cube of the gallery space. The white cube is the idealised white space that professional artists have embedded in their subconscious since the days of art school.

 

2). CARVING THE MULTI-SENSORY

 

Cutting and carving blocks of sugar is extremely difficult, however, it is a beautiful material to work with. Sugar offers a multi-sensory experience for the audience, they not only see the sculpture, but they can also imagine the taste of the sugar dissolving on their tongue.

 

3). THE FEMININE MATERIAL

"Sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of" - the old English nursery rhyme attaches gender to the material of sugar. Furthermore, the sparkling sugar crystals are similar to the effects of glistening diamonds, as seen on a necklace or bracelet, and this sparkle enhances the magical fairytale quality. Also, in Western cultures, the colour white can be associated with femininity.

4). THE MASCULINE BLOCK

The sugar block references building bricks found on construction sites and this is a masculine-dominated industry so the formalism of these sugar bricks can encode the shape of the sugar cubes with a sense of masculinity.

 

5). ANDROGYNOUS AESTHETICS

 

Therefore the masculine form combined with the sparkling sweetness of the material can evoke a sense of the androgynous, fusing elements of male and female constructs.

6). TATE MUSEUMS ESTABLISHED BY A SUGAR MERCHANT

As creator of sugar cubes in the UK, Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899) made his fortune in the sugar trade and was one of the most significant art collectors of the Victorian era. In 1897 he bequeathed his vast art collection to the nation and poured £100,000 in to the building of the very first Tate Gallery. Therefore the sugar trade and art have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship since the 19th century. Now four Tate museums exist across the UK and attract a global audience, with Tate Modern receiving the most visitors of any contemporary art museum in the world.

 

Brendan Jamison, 1 February 2013

 

 

 

 

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