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Siôn Webb

Sion´s practice is concerned with jarring spaces derived through wandering capital cities and recollecting his past green and costal serenities. He explores muted construction sites and clandestine regions of the city to the high- end super- structures which are perhaps designed for the elite to look down (both literally and metaphorically) on the populace. He combines the emotion that these places emit with memories and landscapes from his childhood upbringing and the feeling of disconnection he encounters since moving to the big city.

With sociopolitical apocalypse bunkers and Trump Towers spawning throughout the world, architecture has become an implement for the elite to display their superior wealth and thus dominance over the masses. Sion emits juxtaposition of these structures with memories of Welsh landscape and politics. In a sense the emerging art-work question the faculty and integrity of these newly constructed sites, and his personal relationship with them.

Some of the sculptures he produces suggest unfinished architectural maquettes, from a foundation of perspex, MDF and Steel. He also utilizes drawing and writing within his artwork. The combinations of haphazardly painted DIY material, alongside an apparent disconnect of scale; allude to governmental disputes with contemporary urban planning in a flippant yet genuine tone. He also ventures out into areas he feels a strong sense of connection or dis-connection and utilizes super 8mm film and digital/analog photography in a parallel act to his art projects, and draws attention to the raw environment created by society.

The resulting pieces contain the spirit of train stations, factories, superstructures and terra-forms. He rejoices in this visual perception of pleasing structural spaces, while his eye is drawn towards bold lines and hard surfaces. The aim is to draw attention to sublime aesthetics of dystopia, chaotic intricate Metropolises and the memories of childhood scenery as spaces in their own right in conflict with each other; connecting dissected and constructed forms and fractals. He has explored this through forms of reductionism, removing complex annotations and displaying the pieces as vast spaces- as an ever expanding world. The works encourage viewers to consider visual language and conflict that manufactured and rural landscapes share, and to explore the beauty of the desolate and degenerate state of formational urban and botanic dream like spaces.

 
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