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Monkey Brand Sculpture by Leigh Dyer

Monkey Brand Sculpture by Leigh Dyer

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Published by Jane Brumfield
An exhibition of steel sculptures by British artist, Leigh Dyer at Brumfield's Gallery in Boise, Idaho.
An exhibition of steel sculptures by British artist, Leigh Dyer at Brumfield's Gallery in Boise, Idaho.

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 Monkey Bran
Sculptures by Leigh Dyer
Brumfield’s Gallery September 13 – November 1
Brumfield’s Gallery has commissioned a large body o new work by British sculptor, Leigh Dyer, which will take the September/October slot in their exhibition schedule. Te gallery aspires to bring work o national and international significance to Boise, providing a wider context in which to embed the Northwest based art that orms the cornerstone o their program. Opening on the 13th September, this will be Dyer’s first US exhibition.Leigh Dyer is a sel-taught sculptor, working in recycled mild and stainless steel. aking the advice o an artist mentor, he set about perecting his work and gaining acknowledgement rom his local audience, beore exacting it to the scrutiny o the wider art world. As a result you can barely move anywhere in his home town o Hastings without coming across one o his commissioned works – A large barnacled shell and fish sculpture on the sea ront created or the Winkle Club; serpents, sea horses and an octopus entwine about bollards and chess pieces in a public square; an enormous metal ‘Clover ree’ grows rom the ground in ront o sheltered housing. In the early days he ocused on architectural details, such as sconce lighting, railings, sculptural casings or security cameras, stands or menus, and there is scarcely a bar or restaurant in the Old own o Hastings that doesn’t have a piece o the artist’s work incorporated into their interior. Even in these early works his style is distinguishable rom the crowd, and he has honed his craf to convey a unique voice in metal work. In 2009 he was commissioned by the London Borough o Southwark to create a piece or Denmark Hill Village Green. Te same year he exhibited a new collection o hunting trophy inspired sculptures. With these two bodies o work Dyer had reached a level o sophistication both in construction and composition to placed him as one o Britain’s finest metalwork sculptors.
 
Te artist has a clear idea o each sculpture beore 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 reerence 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
“touchability” 
. 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.

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