Steel Sculptures - Camden Art Centre

Eric Bainbridge presented a series of new works made from reclaimed steel and other more incongruous materials, drawing himself closer to the modernist abstraction of the 1950s and ‘60s embodied by sculptors David Smith and Anthony Caro.

The sculptures extend his practice of collage, combining both formal and unexpected elements and reveal the duality which has run throughout his career.

Bainbridge has always been interested in the surface of things and previous sculptural works have incorporated materials such as fake fur and wood-effect melamine. Often described as kitsch, his preferred materials are found in second hand shops, scrap metal yards and DIY stores; his sculptures reconsider the value of the readily available and cheap. He has blown objects up to outsize proportions, covered them and piled them up in a variety of balancing acts. Bainbridge incorporates multiple components and reference points, including concepts and inspiration from art history and today’s cultural field.

Working across a wide array of media spanning video, installation and collage, Bainbridge’s interests continuously expand to absorb society’s constant changes in style, thought, fashion and taste.


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Teachers’ Event: Bainbridge & Martin

Friday 28 September, 4.00 – 5.30pm
This session outlined Camden Art Centre’s programme of activities for schools, specifically addressing the work of Eric Bainbridge and Simon Martin for teachers from primary, secondary, SEN and out of school learning establishments.

Make & Do: Bainbridge/Martin

Sunday 30 September – Sunday 2 December
2.00 – 4.30pm
Every Sunday, families with children were invited to join free art activities led by artist Chloe Cooper. Looking at both exhibitions, the activities focused on the iconic image of the sausage, making collages and paper weight sculptures and using interactive ways of testing out whether sculptures work best as art works or as functional objects.

Families used a range of materials to make their own sausages interesting, personalised, furry and even glittery before taking them home to keep. This activity contributed to the decoration of the Artists’ Studio, with inspirational images and sausage research being pinned up on the walls, accumulating as the weeks went by.

In Conversation: Eric Bainbridge & Penelope Curtis

Wednesday 24 October, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain joined Eric Bainbridge for an informal discussion of his exhibition.

Exhibition Tour: Jenni Lomax

Sunday 2 December, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Art Centre, led a tour of the exhibitions on the final day.