The public spaces of Kings Place in London are enlivened with sculptures from Pangolin London, which also has an exhibition gallery in the building, an artistic partnership which should benefit everyone.
Down on the lower floor of the main atrium, the aluminium sculpture “Brighter than Shadows” sparkles brightly as it reflects the light in its dark corner location while the metal tubes flow together and interconnect to frame a new volume, hanging in space, – a prelude to what is to come in Pangolin’s main exhibition space upstairs.
Jeff Lowe (born 1952) studied sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art, the successor of which – Central Saint Martins – is now by coincidence located in the Granary Building at King’s Cross London, a stone’s throw from Kings Place and Pangolin London where his sculptures are on display.
Several of his cast iron reliefs and woodblock prints have shadows of building forms within them while “Breathing Squares” could be the steel skeleton of a building which has been bent back in places to allow the space to escape creating an ambiguity about what space is contained by the structure, repeated with the skeletal form of “Being In Itself” with space referenced again in the bronze “Study for Visible Gaps” and more free-flowing work as in his aptly-named series “Making Space” or “All That Remains No 1”.
It doesn’t seem a surprise that Jeff Lowe should have a building project (with his new living space just being completed) running in parallel with his exhibition at Pangolin as his metal sculptures twist and connect to enclose, define and release space – like a creative architect.