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Roy Voss - The Way Things Are

Roy Voss - The Way Things Are

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Bexhill On Sea

De La Warr Pavilion
Bexhill On Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0TD

Roy Voss’ new commission The Way Things Are is a sculpture that stretches the length of the Pavilion’s ground floor gallery space, between the floor-to-ceiling windows and the thin columns that run along it.

Constructed from machined and push-jointed wood, the sculpture’s form is drawn from the artist’s memories and from Victorian lithographs. It is a delicate and precise skeletal form that conjures an idea of a pier.

The Way Things Are extends Voss’ interest in romantic longing that exists between desire and real experience. With the wild sea as a backdrop, Voss finds something simultaneously prosaic and profound about the British seaside pier. Offering a familiar but inscrutable promise of enjoyment, there is a simple impulse to reach the end, with the melancholic yet reassuring certainty of returning.

Plans for the De La Warr Pavilion originally included a pier: a two-level structure that led to a swimming pool out to the sea. Too expensive to pursue, the Pavilion’s unrealised pier is located between two real ones nearby: Eugenius Birch’s Victorian pier at Eastbourne, and dRMM’s contemporary pier at Hastings.

The Way Things Are is a co-commission between Berwick Visual Arts and Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, where it will tour next year.



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