Welcome to the blog of Spike Dennis; an artist and curator. Trained in London Spike has exhibited widely, from London to Los Angeles, and has delivered projects from Cardiff to Stockholm, for organisations including the Illustration Research network and Cardiff Design Festival amongst Others.

Posts Tagged ‘Sculpture’


Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
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Invictus: Hobby-Horse /Unicorn

Say hello to Invictus*, the first hobby-horse I’ve created as a part of my polycorn-posse. For those who don’t already know Invictus is the result of my current Unicorn-Porn project. The project initially started with an inquiry into some Welsh myths and legends and has since morphed into this body of work which, amongst other things, question our understanding of ‘play’.

Invictus: Hobby-Horse/Unicorn

*Invictus, was so named because, no matter what he did, his erection was perpetual, was furnished with an engine eleven inches long and seven and fifteen-sixteenths inches around. Greater ones, who had difficulty stiffening, had been turned away to make room for him who, regardless of the quantity of discharges produced in a day, rose heavenward at the slightest touch.

- from The Marquis de Sade. 120 Days of Sodom (or the School of Libertinism), France 1905

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Mask Making: Part 2

Friday, March 30th, 2012
Posted in: Blog, Work In Progress

Modelled by hand from air drying clay.

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Mask Making: Part 1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
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Well Invictus needed a minder and so I’ve gotten to work making this piece. I’ve just about completed the skeleton which is made from foam core and wire (although as you can see it is mostly being held together with masking tape at the moment) and I’ve sewn together a pair of ears from leatherette. The lower jaw is articulated using rubber bands which enables me to move the jaws when wearing the headpiece; it work surprisingly well actually.

There’s quite a way to go but it’s a good start; watch this space for more more pictures soon!

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Experiments with Light, Germany

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
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My collection of ultra violet Orifices will be exhibited as a part of the Galerija Balta’s Experiments with Lights textiles exhibition which is to be on show at Leitzkau castle, Germany, from the 10 March to the 20 April 2012.

I’m awaiting further details at present but will post them as soon as they’re available.

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The Devil Museum, Kaunas

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
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Whilst off out on an adventure exploring Kaunas I discovered the wonderful Žmuidzinavi?ius Museum, or Devil’s Museum.

The museum houses a collection devil inspired artworks including small tapestries, masks and a lot of effigies of the devil carved from wood. Many of these items were collected by Lithuanian artist Antanas Žmuidzinavi?ius who initiated the collection in the first half of the twentieth century. The museum was established as a memorial to Žmuidzinavi?ius following his death and is housed in his old studio and home. His studio has actually been preserved as it was at the time of his death and is also available to view.

The collection of devils is absolutely wonderful and features every incarnation of the devil you can imagine from gluttonous caricatures to really rather creepy carnival masks which I must admit were amongst my favourite exhibits.

Each section of the exhibition is divided up thematically with short histories of the images and scenes depicted accompanying the objects informing visitors about all manner of religious and folk traditions relating to devils, demons and witchcraft. The top floor of the museum is dedicated to donations that have been made to the museum from visitor around the globe. Items such as those from the Far East and from Western Europe provide a nice contrast to the main Eastern European collection.

The Devil’s Museum is definitely one of the most wonderfully curious museuems I have had the pleasure of stumbling across and was full of grotesque inspiration.

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Liddy Jacobs’ Plush Sculptures

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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Lidy Jacobs is the Dutch creator of these plush sculptures. It seems I’m not the only one fascinated by sexualised human-animal hybrid creatures

Despite my fondness for making plush toys and dolls I can’t believe that it hadn’t even crossed my mind to make a plush Unicorn sculpture. I’d be slightly wary making one now having seen these sculptures by Jacobs. I’ll have to give it some serious consideration though since there a lot of links between the materials/form and my current interests.

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Clay Spawn

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
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These little objects are the finishing touches for some new wire sculptures I’ve been working on for the last couple of months. That said I quite like them as objects in their own right.

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Beastly Mannequin

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
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This is just a quick snapshot of the very early stages of a new work.

Following on from my recent bestial drawings and embroideries I’ve returned to my Grotesques with this new mannequin’s head that I’ve started work on. It’s part of an ongoing exploration of the grotesque themes that inform certain strands within my practice.

The nose/mouth is simply moulded on with nylon reinforced air drying clay which is easily sanded and painted once dry.

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Experiments with Light: Lithuania

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Posted in: Blog, Exhibitions, News Feed

My work will be on display in Lithuania as a part of an exhibition hosted by The Textile Artists’ Guild in Kaunas this month. The exhibition, entitled Experiments with Light, has been curated by Jolanta Šmidtiene and Dovil? Vanagaite.

The brand new Kaunas arena’ media centre will be transformed for an international exhibition in which exhibits will be installed in the darkness and illuminated by ultraviolet light. This luminescent lighting will highlight details of the artworks enriching the aesthetic experiences of the visitors creating mystical effects and exhibiting unexpected approaches to textile art.

The exhibition will feature four of my luminescent sculptures including Wretched Rupture III (pictured above). There will be a launch event on Friday 23 September 2011 from 8.00 – 9.00pm and the exhibition will continue throughout the Textile festival. The Textile Guild will also be holding a number of workshops throughout the Kaunas Biennial.

Click here to download a pdf of the the Kaunas Textile Biennial programme or visit their webiste: www.biennial.lt

Zalgiris Arena
Karaliaus Mindaugo g. 50

You can find out more about Kaunas Textile Guild here: www.tdg.lt

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Plaster Coated Teddy Bears

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
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Ben Lloyd: Don't You Worry About a Thing

I do love a good installation created from multiple like objects. This one is created by taking numerous pre-owned, cuddled, and loved soft toys and dunking them in building plaster. It’s rather effective seeing the crusty toys discarded across the gallery floor knowing that someone’s childhood memories are preserved within the brittle plaster shells. Although that sounds like a lovely memorial the work somehow seems tinged with sadness.

The work is by Ben Lloyd and is on display as part of an exhibition by former MA Fine Art students at the Old Library in Cardiff until the end of the month so pop in and have a look if you’re in town.

You can find out more about Ben Lloyd’s work here: www.benlloyd.co.uk

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