I checked out Bristol Museum & Art Gallery while I was in town, and am really glad that I took the time. I’m a big fan of Victor Pasmore’s work, here’s a couple of beautiful pieces I found at this particular gallery…
Relief Construction 1961, Victor Pasmore
This is the only 3D Victor Pasmore work that I’ve seen in person, and loved it instantly – architectural in form, and reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s influence during the 60’s; “The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light”. Pasmore uses perspex like an architect would glass; positioning planes such that shadows shift in changing light, and so light and shadow become part of the work. Other materials such as wood and Formica are also used here – materials associated with interior design, particularly Formica which has experienced a recent renaissance. Pasmore, then, reaches for new concepts to create something modern. What amazes me is how modern this still feels today, and that is a testament to the genius of both Victor Pasmore as an artist, and Le Corbusier as an architectural explorer, innovator and icon.
Red Abstract No 5 1960, Victor Pasmore
Notice how the black stripe continues into the return of the frame, below…
Detail: Red Abstract No 5 1960, Victor Pasmore