‘My work is about not overlooking the Divine – finding the transcendent in the everyday. Simplifying your life and finding the grace in it’ - Randy Klein.
A free exhibition which starts today (Friday, September 6) will show more than 100 sculptures by the artist Randy Klein in the cathedral’s North Transept.
This collection of sculptures, called Moment to Moment – A Pilgrimage, has been described by the artist himself as ‘a journey which transforms the playful depiction of the ‘stuff’ of daily life - the exuberance of childhood, family, relationships – into a spiritual awakening’.
The dozens of steel sculptures form an enormous storyboard, like a series of stills from a film clip, showing a progression from carefree childhood to the experience of adulthood, and finally to a more spiritual self, who is less bound to the material world.
Ruth Poyner, from Chichester Cathedral, said: “This exhibition is both thought-provoking and beautiful, and we are delighted to be able to host it in Chichester Cathedral – it is a fitting space for Klein’s themes of transformation and transcendence.”
Klein has exhibited worldwide and currently has works in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate, and the Brooklyn Museum. The ‘Moment to Moment’ exhibition has previously been shown in Italy and also at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Rochester Cathedral and Ely Cathedral.
His sculptures are made out of steel, copper and enamels. They take shape initially from a series of quick sketches by the sculptor, followed by trial sculptures made out of wax. Klein then uses a white hot flame to cut through sheets of steel and forges the sculptures into shape in his London workshop.
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