This Thursday Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays open their summer exhibition ‘Push & Pull,’ which features new work from Will Cruickshank. The exhibition consists of large sculptural artworks in wood, plaster and thread, alongside a series of woven hangings.
Cruickshank creates his work through inventive and innovative processes. His studio, located in Essex, is in three converted grain silos where he develops his own machinery and materials. He has made improvised lathes, makeshift weaving machines and printing presses to make artwork from timber, concrete, plaster, wool, thread and paint.
The artist said: “I feel very lucky to have the chance to show my work at Aspex. To work with the gallery to move this new body of work from a dusty, dark grain silo, to such a lovely clear bright space for the people of Portsmouth to see is really exciting.”
Throughout the summer there will be an opportunity for members of the public to explore Cruickshank’s work at an intimate Coffee & Conversation event (£5.00 per person). Aspex has also launched The Inventors, a programme of free workshops for people of all ages and abilities, exploring Push & Pull’s central themes of invention and innovation. See the gallery’s website for further details: www.aspex.org.uk
The exhibition launches with a public preview on Thursday 21 June at 6 pm as part of Portsmouth Festivities, 10 days of art, culture and heritage taking place across the City. If you cannot make that then you can discover Push & Pull at Aspex in Gunwharf Quays, Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 16.00hrs. Entry is free.