Oliver Cook | Form & Light

16 Sep 2021

Form & Light marks Oliver Cook’s first solo exhibition with The Gallery. He specialises in sculptural works exploring the relationship between light, movement and the translucent properties of alabaster.

Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Oliver Cook in his studio, 2021

Cook began his practice carving minimal vases and vessels using traditional carving techniques and skills learnt through making ceramics. His practice gradually evolved to explore the material’s ability to diffuse light and how to challenge the viewer to reconsider their preconception of sculptures typical immobile, fixed nature. Working from his Manchester studio, Cook begins by carving the rough form from a solid block of stone before embarking on the lengthy process of refining and polishing the surface to unveil the delicate veining details and translucency.

Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Asymmetric Wave Vase, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H33 x W17.5cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Wavy Arch Sculpture, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H28.5 x W18cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Asymmetric Wave Vase, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H25 x W16.5cm

When creating a piece Cook often has a specific time of day in mind; it could be when the sun falls in a certain corner of the house or a place that always gets first light in the morning. With his latest collection he further investigates the concept of movement, featuring a group of works designed to be moved, held and carried; broadening the space in which they inhabit and soliciting a dialogue between the object, environment and the light they refract.

Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Form & Light installed in The Gallery. Photo by Ian Georgeson
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Small Bowl with Wavy Handle (front view), 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H15 x W17.5 x D9.5cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Small Bowl with Wavy Handle (side view), 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H15 x W17.5 x D9.5cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Rounded Bowl with Handle, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H17 x W18cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Hanging Bowl with Tall Handle, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H24 x W18cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Bowl with Looping Handles, 2021, Italian white translucent alabaster, H16 x W20 x D18cm
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Form & Light in The Gallery. Photo by Ian Georgeson
Oliver Cook | Form & Light
Oliver Cook in his exhibition Form & Light

Oliver's exhibition Form & Light runs from 2nd September to 25th September.

View Oliver Cook's full collection here.

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