Mary Redmond was commissioned to make a sculptural installation in Hospitalfield’s Walled Garden entitled The Venny, The Jumps, which launched during our Spring Season open weekend, SPLIT/DIVIDE. As our first semi-permanent artwork, it will remain on show all summer until the end of September.
Redmond’s use of materials that we might associate with the building site gives her work a muscularity; concrete paving, cement blocks, polished silver corrugated steel. Yet her use of colour in combination with these tough materials combined with the confident use of the wide open space of the walled garden, a little under an acre, makes a wonderful, almost jewel like, impact against the architecture of the 19th century arts and craft house. Her starting points are within the geometry and pattern of formal gardens and the introduction of pattern within modernist architecture. Between these two conventions of design she draws connections between the more classical gardens, with their romantic use of water and structure, as well as planting and the Brutalist use of hard materials that are now so much associated with failure. We will experience this complex work by Redmond from Spring to Autumn, and as the garden grows up around it.
Mary Redmond is a sculptor based in Scotland who graduated from Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 1998. She has presented solo exhibitions at Platform, Easthouse in 2014; Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2010 and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in 2005. Over the last ten years she has been part of major group shows including Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art; and Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 6, Peckham where she made an expansive installation within multi-story car park. She has shown regularly internationally, including at The Clay and Glass Museum, Ontario in 2014; Neues Museum, Nuremberg in 2013; and Kunsthall Oslo in 2010.
We are grateful to Cladco in Rutherglen, the manufacturers of the corrugated metal Mary Redmond has used, for supporting the project.