Ace of Diamonds III

2004
Stainless steel
230 x 670 x 450 cm
Edition of 6

The dynamic standing mobile Ace of Diamonds III was one of the last pieces made by Chadwick before his death. Comprised of a rotating rectangle from which a rotating diamond pivots, the bevelled edges and glistening stainless steel surfaces of Ace of Diamonds III both reflect and absorb the nuances of changing natural light. The first mobile sculpture Chadwick made was constructed from balsa wood, wire and string. The articulated components of these early pieces responded to the smallest changes in air current. During the post–war period, the advent of Cubism drove Chadwick to develop mobile structures as an investigation of less solid sculptural forms. This was also a way of looking at space in more conceptual ways by viewing the inside and outside of a form simultaneously. Later, his major mobiles were constructed in metal and were, for the most part, conceived as part of interior design projects. Ace of Diamonds III, although constructed from stainless steel and on a monumental scale, moves with equal grace in the slightest breeze. Its two interlocking rectangular and diamond–shaped elements provide a seemingly limitless range of geometrical configurations in space. Chadwick had worked with sheet stainless steel since 1988, when it proved a radical development to his practice. The hard, precise profiles and brilliant finish of the material attracted him and the fabrication processes provided Chadwick with the opportunity to return to his days of precision architecture.

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About The Artist

Lynn Chadwick was primarily know for his works in metal, which were often inspired by the human form, animals and nature and at times veered towards abstraction. Chadwick’s sculptural approach was closer to techniques found in construction rather than modelling. Chadwick first made a linear armature or skeleton onto which he applied a skin, building up the surface to a solid form. Like many young sculptors in the 1950s, such as Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick departed from typical sculptural materials such as marble, wood or stone, in order to embrace industrial materials such as steel and cast iron. By the seventies, Chadwick’s style had developed a new formal, Cubist, symbolism using geometric forms as motifs for the head of a figure, with the diamond or pyramid referring to the female and the rectangular to the male. In Ace of Diamonds III, which took residence at Cass Sculpture Foundation, the pairing of both diamond and rectangle could refer to the interaction of male and female, both moving with controlled elegance and accord. His later works have a smoother, more refined surface with geometry replacing organic shapes. Chadwick created a permanent exhibition of his work at his Gloucestershire home, close to Pangolin Editions, the foundry that cast most of his work.

Lynn Chadwick

Born: 1914

Other Artworks by Lynn Chadwick at CASS

2004

Ace of Diamonds V

Ace of Diamonds V is the smaller accompanying version to Chadwick's Ace of Diamonds III. These works were some of the la…

1996

Stranger III

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