Steve Talbot: Byron’s Bear and other fables
10th October 2018 - 26th January 2019
Kirkby Gallery is hosting a fabulous solo show by artist Steve Talbot: Byron’s Bear and other fables.
Steve’s 3D work is an intriguing mix of found objects within boxes and frames which allow the viewer to peek into another place or time. The pieces on display relate to writers and their writings, including a large-scale work inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
“Boxes fascinate me. Toys, gifts received as a child, cowboys and Indians, model trains etc. came boxed in packages with plastic window fronts, displaying the treasures inside. Since humans have been able to call precious objects their own, they have had a need to keep them in suitable receptacles. Boxes accordingly serve the purpose of preserving and protecting beloved, revered and fragile things.
In a museum, objects are displayed in a vitrine – a glass panelled case for displaying articles such as china, objects d’art or fine merchandise. I love old papers – letters, pages of diaries and ledgers, anything with the mark of a hand. I love the history of printing and old books. These are things resonant with memory. Working in collage this way, and with these materials, is an act of remembering. How we remember the past determines the way we inhabit the present. The souvenir is also of great significance in my work. My intimate boxes and assemblages are presented as treasured collections, fossils of memories, that begs the questions who, what, where?
Much of the work is inspired by literature and particularly works with an historical bent resonant of the times in which it was created. A particular interest being the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries.
The works are sometimes illustration of literary works, sometimes memorial boxes to writers, sometimes a souvenir of a time and a book read.
The interaction of literature and art will always encourage questions of form and content; of interpretation of visual and written language of influence and originality.”