Cameron Kerr Sculptures 2012
Queen Elizabeth Plaza, August 30 – November 1, 2012
City of Vancouver Public Art Program
Five new sculptures by Cameron Kerr will be on display at the Queen Elizabeth plaza this fall, commissioned in 2011 as part of the Vancouver 125 celebration.
Kerr’s sculptures are associated with images and forms that we see around us but don’t necessarily register. His practice is to give new life to these associations through different materials and scale. The sculptures are exquisitely carved and finished forms that are visually grounded in modernist architecture, art history and local cultural iconography.
These pieces are made from marble and granite, from quarries in China and local sources. Kerr worked in his studio in Campbell River to shape the smaller pieces weighing from 5,000 to 7,000 pounds. The larger pieces (7,000 – 10,000 pounds) were carved in China under the artist’s supervision, due to the delicacy of the inlays. The forms are influenced by the shape and contingencies of the stone itself during the carving process. The resulting artworks are human scale and meant to be viewed by passers-by and local traffic.
The large granite and inlay sculpture on the corner of Hamilton and Georgia is conceived as a permanent piece for this location. The other works are temporary in this site until November.
About the Artist
Cameron Kerr was born in Campbell River, British Columbia. He studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and apprenticed with Manuel Neri in the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy; he also studied in Masters Classes with William Tucker and Anthony Gormley and at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design from 2002-2007. He has worked as a sculptor and fisherman since that time. His works have been exhibited in Germany, Italy and BC.
About the Program
In September 2010, the City Public Art Program held an open call to artists to propose projects to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Vancouver. The opportunity was to commission new works for short-term and permanent installations in a range of media to mark time, record change, and identify unique geographic and civic spaces, characters or communities that have animated the city or are markers for its potential in the future. One hundred projects were proposed; eight were shortlisted for development and six projects were commissioned.
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