Stevenson’s Rocket will be steaming into the Cupola Gallery. Or rather an idiosyncratic version by sculptor Michael Kusz called Rookette will be as part of his exhibition, Flight Mechanics.
The artist, who studied at Sheffield Hallam University, is now based in Reeth in North Yorkshire.
It was growing up in industrial South Wales, with access to all sorts of old tools and materials, that nurtured hours of creativity and exploration of materials and processes setting solid foundations for his current work.
Although Kurz makes a variety of animal sculptures, he identifies particularly with rooks on a personal level, as they, for him, recapture the essence of his childhood. They are gregarious, mischievous and demonstrate a clear sense of freedom and fun, everything he wants his artworks to express.
His version of Stevenson’s Rocket has cheeky looking rooks perching on the engine. Rook the Boat has a rook steering a ship’s wheel, which is held aloft by a gravity-defying chain attached to a propeller, whilst another rook is perched on the suspended anchor to another piece where a rook (wearing something that looks like welding or flying goggles) is perched on the handle of a large wheel of some kind of impossible flying machine!
Kusz is exploring the power of motion and suggests that despite man’s ingenuity he can only copy what nature has already done bigger and better than we ever could.
Flight Mechanics has an opening on Friday evening and then is open Mondays to Saturdays until July 20.