Kessel - Signs of Conflict at the Royal Armouries In Leeds

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 28 April 2005
shows a photgraph of a circular vent set within a decayed surface.

Albrecht © Ian Cale.

A major exhibition by Yorkshire artist Ian Cale is now showing at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds until 30 May 2005, as part of the programme of events commemorating the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The paintings, photographs and prints are the result of an ongoing project that has seen Cale spending a significant amount of time in the German city of Berlin.

During this time he has investigated and recorded the rapidly vanishing signs of the city’s 20th century history by exploring deserted places which have yet to be re-developed since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

shows a painting based upon a decaying surface of concrete. There is a red band of paint with flowers on the right of the painting.

Flock © Ian Cale.

Major influences on the work include the interior spaces of domestic and military sites, ephemera from everyday life such as a photograph of a loved one still stuck to a wall of a bunker, a scrap of wallpaper or discarded furniture.

The work also features neglected buildings including abandoned apartment blocks, factories and hospitals.

These damaged and aged buildings and facades are also explored through their decaying surfaces, flaky paintwork, cracking 1960’s concrete, exposed brickwork, graffiti and rotten floorboards.

shows a photograph of iron railings with barbed wire and cotton wool strewn across the top of them.

Herzfelde © Ian Cale.

“As a museum we can often find ourselves becoming too wrapped up in our own collection,” said Museum Director Peter Armstrong. “This exceptional art by Ian is exactly the kind of work and subject matter we want to showcase. We are especially keen to help promote local artists and to be part of the Yorkshire community."

The exhibition is located in the museum’s Tower Gallery on the 3rd Floor, and the 3rd Floor balconies. This project has been supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

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