Monday, April 30, 2012

Chris Gilmour shapes British legend entirely out of cardboard boxes

Chris Gilmour, The Triumph of Good and Evil, 2011, Cardboard and glue, Life-size Photo credit: Photo Mattias
The Triumph Of Good And Evil by the UK born sculptor, Chris Gilmour, is made entirely out of corrugated cardboard.  A recent work, he designed the 13ft life-sized St George and the dragon sculpture from discarded boxes he found in the streets that shopkeepers had left out for recycling in his home town of Udine, North Italy.  The artist comments, ‘The piece took two months to make and is based on a study of classical statues, typically made in bronze .... The work is a consideration of the idea of polarising, or simplifying the concept of right and wrong and the idea that ‘evil’ can be defeated by heroic combat'. 

Chris Gilmour received his BA from the University of the West of England, Bristol and studied at South Trafford College, Manchester. He has exhibited his work internationally since 1998 and has had recent solo shows in Italy and the United States.  He received Italy’s Premio Cairo award in 2007.  He was also included in Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design, NY. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. This sculpture is a central component of the exhibition, A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters that opens at the Christopher Henry Gallery on May 10 and runs until June 24. 

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