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Rado Kirov: The Mercury Effect
18th May 2018 - 17th June 2018
From 18 May – 17 June, Rado Kirov will be showing his collection entitled the ‘Mercury Effect’ at the Pontone Gallery.
Rado Kirov is a Bulgarian artist who had developed a burgeoning interest in sculpture which saw him using his coppersmith talents to grow and extent his practice. In 2012, he perfected a technique to manipulate sheets of stainless steel by hand. This exhibition will demonstrate is talents and the impact that sculpture can have.
Using the inherent physical properties of the metal, he creates a striking 3D surface that dynamically mirrors its surroundings. Pieces look like quicksilver caught in flow – and so evolved the ‘mercury effect’.
The sculptures consist of wall-mounted reliefs and free standing sculptures – all fabricated from stainless steel with highly polished surfaces. Some are geometric, some explicitly furniture life and others are beads or droplets of formless matter. His latest development on show are reliefs which reference the sensuous surfaces of the human body. Each piece suggests something is forever moving and unstable with a material that is hard and fixed.