Opening - Blake Ward & Boky Hackel-Ward: Transcending Space
A dual exhibition of works by husband-and-wife artistic partners, Canadian sculptor Blake Ward and German sculptor Boky Hackel-Ward, masterfully blend abstract elements with firm academic foundations. The equal partner’s exhibition, “Transcending Space,” invites viewers on a journey into the human form through a mesmerizing convergence of classical academicism and contemporary innovation.
The sculptures, meticulously crafted by the visionary artists, stand as testaments to the enduring allure of the human body and its inner emotional complexity. These sculptures transcend mere representation, as they delve into the realm of the inner self. This prompt for inward reflection is achieved by strategically exposing the interior of the sculpture. As spectators move through the gallery space, they are invited to peer into the intricate worlds within each sculpture, creating an intimate connection between the viewer and the artwork. The play of light and shadow within these interior spaces further emphasizes the duality of the human experience, exploring both the seen and unseen aspects of our existence.
Behind these remarkable sculptures, the artists have skillfully navigated the delicate balance between tradition and innovation. Firmly rooted in the academic principles of form and proportion, Blake and Boky have pushed the boundaries of expression to create pieces that resonate with a contemporary audience. The partially abstracted figurative work serves as a metaphor for the complex and multifaceted nature of the human spirit, suggesting that true beauty lies in the harmony between the observable and unseen.
Challenging viewers to contemplate the essence of humanity beyond the surface, “Transcending Space” is on display at the Petley Jones Gallery from December 8th to 22nd, 2023.