IAN PENNA has produced a striking yet thought provoking piece of work as the second artist to make a new piece of work for the plinth. Inspired by his own work as a flooring contractor in some care homes in Cornwall Ian’s work poignantly alludes to mental illness in older age.
A MESSAGE SENT US BY SHIRLEY BROWN:
Just wanted to thank Ian Penna for creating such a profoundly moving installation, which aroused in me a strong compassion for the unnamed man whose once full and useful life had been reduced to a small room and repetitive routines, up and down like a lawnmower, wearing only pyjamas – implying that he is no longer venturing outdoors. It was the naval cap that really touched me, because in 1944 my then-20-year-old father served on a British Landing Craft on the D-Day beaches of Normandy, and it was heartbreaking to see his physical body gradually diminished by illness, his environment eventually limited to a nursing home bed, and his 81-year-old identity reduced to the quasi-anonymous status of a ‘patient’ before his death in 2005.
Sad as it was to be reminded of a personal loss, it was also good to be stirred with a compassion that is universal,
Wednesday 3rd March saw The Plinth Project open in the museum. Ben delivered the ark and we stood in wonder. Really good turn out and a great start to the project – helped along nicely by a special Container Caipirinha.
CONTAINER have been invited by the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery to deliver up a series of newly commissioned artworks.
The Museum have asked us to put together a programme that involves the creation of 6 new artworks to be located on or around the vacinity of an empty plinth in the Museum entrance hall. Each work will be exhibited for a 2 month duration making the commission as a whole run for one year.
The expected start date will be March 2010 with a new sculpture from BEN ROWE
thursday 23rd-Sunday26th April 2009
Ben’s central piece for his ONE show was ‘ This is it,Don’t get scared now’
Temporary Moument XXVVIII - mdf dust
Flight of the Navigator – MDF,cotton & pins
detail from tv’s playing film loops from 1980′s films…Back to the Future , Big , Home Alone , Ghostbusters,The Goonies and Master’s of the Universe……..