SEAN SCULLY - INSIDEOUTSIDE
June 11, 2020 until January 3, 2021
A prolific and internationally renowned painter, Sean Scully (b. 1945) has also been making sculpture on and off for the best part of fifty years. As this new exhibition at Waldfrieden highlights, he works simultaneously across several materials, including stone, steel, wood and glass, making large works that are placed both indoors and outdoors. Like his paintings, his sculptures are characterised by grids, lines, stripes and blocks, carefully composed and layered together. And like his paintings, his sculptures deal with minimalism’s primary structures while humanising their geometries with other more personal poetries and presences.
In many ways, Scully’s sculptures are extensions of his painting, stretching out like walls along the ground or rising up like towers, in ways that also give them an architectural quality. Whether they can be physically entered or not, they invite you to imagine being inside them and to be surrounded by them. Scully relishes sculpture’s raw materiality, as well as the direct experience of weight, volume and physical robustness it can offer. At the same time, he deploys it in ways that allow him to try to ‘make visible what we feel’, shaping and spatialising emotions in ways that he can’t do with his wall-bound paintings.