28 July–11 October 2014
& Model's first Summer Sculpture Residencies bring together first Chris Fielder and then Rob Menzer to create new work in the gallery space. Sharing an interest in large scale sculpture, Rob Menzer and Chris Fielder both live and sometimes work in Yorkshire and they both studied art in Leeds, Chris having graduated from Leeds Met recently and Rob ten years earlier. Rob Menzer subsequently completed an MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London and alongside his art practice he has an established career constructing sets in the film industry. He says of his work that “it draws attention to the physical world around us and questions the human desire to control and stabilise it”. Chris Fielder was born in Chertsey in 1980 and lives and works in Keighley. His recent exhibitions include Best at Malgras|Naudet, Manchester, and Unceremonial Objects in Bingley, and he will be showing later this year at Prism 16 in Sheffield and Oddbird in Kuva/Tila at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
Both making in the gallery space and bringing components made in their studios to assemble, alter and install in the space, Fielder and Menzer are using & Model as a space for experimentation. The progress of the project has been designed to be visible through the gallery windows, but for the final few days in early October there will be opportunities for the public to come inside to see the final outcomes of the residency. Exact dates and times for this will be announced through Facebook and Twitter.