Ian Chamberlain has consistently been inspired by man-made, machine forms. Seeing in them the true synthesis between form and function, Chamberlain reinterprets the superficially uninspiring structures into monuments of their time. He is also interested in the historical specificity of their resonance, and recreates them in barren landscapes with no sign of the humans, and therefore context, that created them. He uses the traditional print process of etching, which has not changed for over 500 years, as an extension on the theme of material value and evolution.
Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016, Transmission IV is based on The Lovell Telescope. The contrast between the structures current significance, and the purpose for which it was built – to investigate the depths of space and increase our understanding of the universe – was of particular interest to Chamberlain. First built in 1957, the Lovell was made a listed building in 1988 and has become one of Britain’s cultural landmarks, its symbolic and historical value now surpassing its design function.
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1. Ian Chamberlain, Transmission IV.