Stone Appreciation #2

The recently renovated Drill Hall space at the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust’s headquarters will be hosting an exhibition of a new artwork by Dunhill and O’Brien as part of the Stone Island Festival in Portland, Dorset in August 2012.

Dates: 12 August – 8 September 2012
Times: 10am – 4pm, Thursday to Sunday or by appointment
Location: Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, Drill Hall Gallery, Easton Lane, DT5 1BW
Artist’s reception: 11 August, 2pm – 6pm
Contact: 01305 826736

Stone Appreciation # 2 takes as its subject six free standing and, to a greater or lesser extent, well known rocks: the Bowder Stone; the Idol Rock; the Toad Rock; the Chiding Stone; the Hitching Stone and the Big Stone at Bentham, all located in the North West and South East of England.

Having discovered these ‘celebrity’ rocks by purchasing postcards on the Internet, Dunhill and O’Brien have been preoccupied by a quest to visit and measure each of these (much photographed) landmarks.

Making even rudimentary measurements proved to be a tricky business. Videos capture the cumbersome choreography involved in negotiating each rock to establish basic proportions and dimensions. Meanwhile twin modelled forms, reminiscent of portrait busts are presented, mounted on sculpture modelling stands that have been tailor made for two artists to work in tandem.

Finally there are the postcards themselves, a collection of images of the 6 rocks in question, often from similar angles, they are at once a popularity index (66 of the Bowder Stone, only 3 of the Big Stone) and a record of an enduring fascination with these improbable, awkward and ungainly forms.

Find out more:
- Stone Island 2012 website
- Dunhill and O’Brien website