We cordially invite you to the exhibition opening on Saturday, 8th February at 11 a.m.
Music: Helmut Biehler-Wendt
Michael Sandle - Sculptures
8. February to 1. June 2020 > Upper Exhibition Hall
From February 2020, the Cragg Foundation will present a powerful selection of large-scale sculptures and models by the British sculptor Michael Sandle at Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden.
Michael Sandle’s work explores the visual imagery of violence, conflict, mortality and memorialisation. Passionately against war, he is articulate about its histories and ideologies, always wrestling with how sculpture – and its forms and narratives - can function in relation to it. ‘“A memorial is a mock memory,” he has stated. “It’s a question of what is remembered, and what society agrees is worth memorialising.”’
In response to the horrors of our age, Sandle’s sculpture confronts the exertion and abuse of power in global conflict, politics and culture. The subjects he choses are uncompromising, presenting images of the actions and aftermaths of violence and brutality and asking that we think further about the tragic ramifications of human conflict, in which there can be no winners.
This exhibition presents a group of major works, representing over thirty years worth of sculpture making. The masked and shrouded figure features in many of his works. In ‘As Ye Sow So Shall Ye Reap: An Allegory’, for example, the helmet-headed figure is Jesus, his face drawn from William Holman Hunt’s painting ‘The Light of the World’ (1851-53). Sandle has a long-running fascination with the symbolic agency of the human body, both known and anonymous, to represent both personal subjectivity and shared universal experience, in the face of conflict. Two of his recent sculptures, ‘Iraq - The Sound of Your Silence’, a moving response to the Iraq war in 2009, and ‘As Ye Sow So Shall Ye Reap: An Allegory’, produced in 2015, both memorialize the lives of innocent civilians (particularly children) caught in the crossfire of modern day conflict.
Alongside large works such as these, there will be a group of smaller models and maquettes, showing some of his proposals for public sculptures. These include ‘The Suicide or He took the ‘A’ Train’ (1995/99) and ‘Maquette for ‘Animals in War’ Memorial’ (1999).