Kevin Osmond's work is featured in a new book, Thinking is Making - Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture, from Black Dog Publishing


Book Cover for 'Thinking is Making'

Thinking is Making celebrates ten years of the Mark Tanner Sculpture prize and questions both the presence and absence of the object and its maker within contemporary British sculpture.

The sculptural object has spent much of the recent past being made to disappear from view. The word sculpture might still carry connotations of weight, scale and material, yet none of these things may necessarily be present in any particular work. Whether lost into a void, left behind in an expanded field or exploded to occupy the architectural space that once simply contained it, the sculptural object as the flotsam of an artist's engagement with process and materials, seems to have been in a continual state of crisis since first becoming detached from its plinth.

With essays exploring the nature and function of the sculptural object by Martin Herbert, profiles of past winners of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award by Fiona MacDonald and a history of the object as explored through the various discourses developed at St Martins School of Art from the mid-1960s by Matilda Strang.

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A partnering exhibition, showcasing the winners of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award from 2001 – 2011, is being held at the Standpoint Gallery in Shoreditch, London, from 15 May – 29 June 201. The winners are: Rosie Leventon, Giles Kent, Victoria Rance, Paul Jones, Kevin Osmond, John Summers, Clara Clark, Paul Carter, John Wallbank, and Jemima Brown.