Leo Fitzmaurice New Art Gallery Walsall
Leo Fitzmaurice ‘You try to tell me but I never listen’
New Art Gallery Walsall June 17th October 1st 2011.
There is a transference of energy present in the re purposing of familiar images and objects striped of their intended informational function. Leo Fitzmaurice’s work resonates with this and vibrates with the intrinsic beauty and the sculptural aesthetic oft hidden by an objects commercial purpose or our textual identifications with it. He acts as a metaphorical knight carving through a forest of consumerist text noise to awaken the sleeping passive beauty lying at the heart of otherwise covered objects.
Leo Fitzmaurice does not seek to impose new meanings, his desire is purely aesthetic. He wills us to engage, now language is muted, with the materials themselves and the beauty held within them. He reveals a wonderful, unheard, architectural opera lying beneath the libretto of commercial structuralism.
He freshens our visual perspectives, freeing them from a Jungian sense of learned archetypes, where messages are ingrained and engagement beyond essentially numbed. This arises not only from deliberate commercial intent but more often by process of our own necessary filtration, as we seek to manage the global detritus of inconsequential prepacked messages and information.
Fitsmaurice allows us space to engage with an objects essence uncovering the hidden aspects of things and the spaces surrounding them. Things that are there but whose absence has been forced by a more powerful commercial presence. He reminds us that as we ‘attach’ language we remove ourselves one step further from the object merely ‘being’ and either add our own foreground perspectives, or ones that have been commercially drawn for us. This process changes forever the relationship we might otherwise have with the objects themselves. The overlaying of textual sounds deplete the object of its possibilities or rather suggest a predefined space. Leo Fitzmaurice’s re purposing affords us new opportunities of engagement revealing the object as more than mere conduit for a message, just as we are more than a collection of learned ideas about ourselves.
Leo Fitzmaurice was born in Shropshire in 1963 and his work is in many private collections as well as galleries across the world. His exhibition ‘You try to tell me but I never listen’ opens on the 17th of June and runs until 1st October 2011. The New Art gallery Walsall has dedicated a floor to his flat printed material sculptures which will echo the architectural space and the surrounding Walsall vista. The exhibition is free and is an excellent opportunity to engage with this local artist and his timely, relevant and interesting work.Follow @midlandarts