This summer, the New Art Centre is delighted to be showing a body of work by the sculptor Andrew Sabin in the Artists House at Roche Court. It is an appropriately domestic setting for these new works, since to make them Sabin has used some surprisingly everyday materials - such as sugar and margarine - which he has scooped and scraped by hand to make moulds into which he then pours resin. This process appeals to the artist as it allows him to make sculpture quickly and spontaneously, allowing him to experiment instinctively with shapes and forms; literally feeling his way through matter. The results are diverse, textured, brightly coloured, delightfully engaging and humorous. And because the materials he has used are readily available, the effects are really only limited by the bounds of his creativity and imagination.
For nearly twenty years Andrew Sabin has been preoccupied with either large indoor installations, such as 'The Open Sea', or significant public projects at Grizedale, Canary Wharf and 'Coldstones Cut', a monumental and award-winning work above Nidderdale in Yorkshire. This current exhibition therefore returns wider attention to Sabin's studio-based practice, which has always continued but has perhaps been overshadowed by his larger, more spectacular ventures. However, on whatever scale he chooses to work, Sabin has always maintained an interest in the fundamental qualities of matter, the possibilities and limitations of materials whether they be wood, steel or ceramic, and this interest, as Jes Fernie has noted, 'is employed to make work which is formally, intellectually and often physically challenging' (2003).
Andrew Sabin (b. 1958) studied at Chelsea College of Art between 1979 and 1983, where he also subsequently taught as both part-time lecturer and Senior Lecturer. In 1990 he made his first installation for the Chisenhale Gallery, London and he continued to exhibit widely in the UK and abroad. Since 1997 he has been working predominantly on public- realm projects, installing the 'C-bin Project' on the coast of France, the 'History Wall' for the town centre of Whitstable, the 'Square-Bridge' and 'Round Bridge' for Ravensbury Park and 'The Calibrated Ramp' in Bracknell. He began working on 'The Coldstones Cut' in 2006 which went on to win the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture in 2011. In 2011 he was also commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to make a work on the former site of the Chelsea School of Art in Manresa Road, London. Andrew Sabin has received many awards from Arts Council England; The Henry Moore Foundation; Arts & Business; the RSA; The Bridgehouse Trust; The Lorne Award and from The British Council. This is Andrew Sabin's first exhibition at the New Art Centre.