Te artist has a clear idea o each sculpture beore picking up his welding gear or beginning to orm the sheet metal on the anvil. He collects ideas as they occur to him, tucking them away until the opportunity arises to make them real. He then searches or reerence images and begins to ﬂesh out the designs on paper. Te sketches are an intermediate stage o unexplained alchemy, where an abstract notion in combination with 2 dimensional images, becomes 3 dimensional orm. Dyer strives to shape industrial and imposing materials into accessible objects with
. Reclaimed nails and hardware become recognizable and relatable animal ﬁgures, such as rams, wolves, and monkeys. His aim is to cause his audience to engage with their surroundings. He hopes, in this way, to encourage viewers to look again and perhaps alter their relationship with a particular place or site. Dyer writes,
“I enjoy the challenge of bringing together diﬀerent techniques, experimenting with traditional and modern methods in order to convey an idea.”
Dyer’s new body o work consists o individual pieces, strong enough to stand alone, but or the purposes o this exhibition, orming an installation depicting an abandoned study, ﬁlled with antiques, trophies and specimens. As the viewer enters the gallery, they are not alone. Mischievous monkeys cavort across the room. In one corner, two o the instigators o trouble play chess as their cohorts wreak havoc amongst the room’s treasures.