Ivan Black (b. 1972) grew up in London and now lives and works in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. Black is an award-winning kinetic sculptor, celebrated for the striking interaction in his work between art, science and technology. Black’s interest in sculpture began at an early age and motion quickly became central to his work, adding as he saw it another layer of complexity and engagement to his experiments. An inherent problem solver, he spent his early years amassing multi-disciplinary skills in the pursuit of the means to realise his ideas.
Black’s work reflects a fascination and kinship with the mathematics of all organic life. Inspired by iconic natural geometry, he draws on the organising patterns found across nature - from plants, weather systems, the human body, and through to the cosmos. Distilling and counterbalancing elements of earth, sky and body, weight and lightness, precariousness and equilibrium — Black’s work reveals the interconnectedness of all living things and how order can silently govern our seemingly disordered world. Tending towards the minimalist in design, movement takes centre stage.
A finely balanced fusion of industrial, artistic and technological, Black builds complex fluid structures that mutate upon the introduction of energy. Creating a spirited, synergistic environment, the works invite us to interact with them. Energy is imparted to the works by wind, motor or manually by the viewer. Setting off mesmerising states of interplay and metamorphosis, the works are characterised by shifting patterns of motion, from fluid to highly organised, undulating and multi-sectioned. Black’s meticulously engineered and seamlessly integrated mechanisms are central to the behaviour and appeal of his work.
Black has exhibited worldwide at Interart Sculpture Park, Netherlands; Palmyra Sculpture Centre, Mallorca; Kinetica Museum, London and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey. He has had large scale works acquired for permanent public display by Jimo City, China; Cottesloe Beach Perth, Australia; Adobe HQ: Salt Lake City; Texas, USA; Nobu Hotel, London; and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK.
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Alice Black believes in supporting and empowering artists and engaging with local and international communities, from all walks of life, through art. We are driven by a desire to contribute to a forward-looking cultural discourse, while meaningfully acknowledging and building upon art history. Our aim is to create an exhibition programme which stimulates and communicates visually as much as it does intellectually. There is a strong socio, political and environmental dimension to our programme which stems from a wish to support and give a platform to artists who address the issues and challenges of our time. Our programme spotlights singular makers and original thinkers - those progressively pushing the bounds of their medium in order to distil, advance and give form to their individual conceptual enquiry. We see artistic skill, so often undervalued, not as a beginning and an end in itself, but as the vehicle and enabler which frees an artist to realise and develop his/her creative vision and to bring about a more direct communication with the viewer.
The Gallery is built upon a culture of cross-pollination, collaboration, and openness. It is an environment fed and watered by the ongoing input of our ever expanding community. Through a regular programme of exhibitions, talks and workshops, we strive to generate a fluid and inclusive culture. We take our planetary responsibility seriously and are committed to carrying out our work as sustainably as possible.
The Gallery was co-founded by Alice Black and Matt Symonds in May 2017. In March 2020 Forbes named Alice as one of their 30 under 30 to watch in European Arts and Culture. Matt is Chair of Nottingham Contemporary.