PARADISE WORKS PRESENTS A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ROBIN BROADLEY
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Paradise Works, Salford
Launch: Unboxed on Boxing Day 2020 Saturday 26th December, midday. Online at robinbroadley.com
Paradise Works are delighted to present Robin Broadley’s first solo exhibition, CARDBROADLEY curated by Zoe Watson. The show presents a survey of existing sculpture alongside new work especially created for this boxing day odyssey.
Broadley works almost exclusively in cardboard due to its versatile attributes. It is an extremely flexible sculptural material, strong and robust in certain forms, yet also capable of intricate constructions. Cardboard is also accessible, as it is inexpensive, easily manipulated and recyclable. This exhibition is realised as an immersive digital rendering of a physical presentation, installed in the gallery space of Paradise Works.
Through a humorous lens, Broadley celebrates the objects, experiences and fascinations that have helped shape and inform his life and outlook on the world. He recreates household products, cultural motifs, video game iconography and Microsoft WordArt, making references that vary from well-known to obscure or personal. Often, Broadley lifts objects from the digital realm, recreating them in physical reality, only to re-digitise them again for this virtual presentation. Broadley also plays with scale, regularly recreating real-life objects at a comically enlarged scale, introducing a surreal element to otherwise familiar references.
Robin Broadley, born in Preston, is a sculpture artist and Manchester School of Art graduate who lives and works in Manchester. He is a studio member of Paradise Works and founder member of the ‘Mexico Branch’. Recent exhibitions include Heavy Duty Paper at Division of Labour; All Work And All Play! at AIR Gallery; Beneath: Friends of Fuzzy Memory at Cass Art; and Show.me.up to Paradise at Manchester Contemporary.
The exhibition is curated by Zoe Watson, curator of the Holden Gallery and lecturer in Art Theory and Practice at Manchester School of Art.