After Parkinson Exhibition
A contemporary sculptural response to the work of Norman Parkinson by
Cavaliero Finn artists’ Kathy Dalwood and Alice Mara in collaboration with the Union Club Soho
September 23rd – October 2nd 2016 – open 11.00am-8.00pm daily
The Union Club
50 Greek Street London W1D 4EQ
Tel: 020 7734 4113
Our collaborative exhibition with The Norman Parkinson Archive and The Union Club, Soho is now open. The exhibition, is set in The Union Club in Soho and features the work of two sculptors from our portfolio Kathy Dalwood and Alice Mara and the photographs of Norman Parkinson.
Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was one of the UK’s best-known fashion photographers, active for over 50 years. His photographs of celebrities, artists and the Royal Family as well as leading figures from the world of film, theatre, music, art and politics, are known throughout the world. With a career spanning seven decades Parkinson managed to reinvent himself time and time again from his ground breaking spontaneous images of the 30s, through the war years, the swinging Sixties, the flamboyant seventies and the decadent eighties.
Cavaliero Finn was privileged to be given access to the Norman Parkinson Archive and both of our artists made a series of research visits to inspire a body of three dimensional work. The artists scoured through the archive – a colossal task bearing in mind that there are 750,000 negatives and over 3000 original photographs in the Archive.
The resulting sculptural pieces are on show against the backdrop of rarely seen images as well as some of Parkinson’s best known photographs from the Archive. The show is open to the public from 11am- 8pm now until 2nd of October in the newly converted part of the Union Club.
‘Parks’, as he was fondly known, had an enchanting idiosyncratic persona that charmed his sitters and oozed glamour both from behind and in front of the lens. Given his ‘celebrity’ status it seemed fitting to house this show in the Union Club, a private members bar in the heart of Soho. The members only dining club currently occupies a grade II listed Georgian Town House and has recently acquired a beautiful two-storied space into which they have extended and it is in this new space that the exhibition, After Parkinson will take place.
While browsing the Parkinson archive, sculptor Kathy Dalwood was attracted to some of the iconic buildings featured in Parkinson’s work as well as the distinctive headgear and textiles seen repeatedly in his photographs. She has incorporated these iconic places and objects into her finished Parkinson busts.
The Parkinson busts will be incorporated into one of Kathy’s most celebrated sculptural installations, a dinner party of busts enjoying the appearance of an opulent Baroque Banquet titled the ‘Secret Society Banquet’. This installation that has toured the UK including solo shows at PitzHanger Manor and The Holburne Museum in Bath, also appeared in New York City at 5th Avenue’s landmark luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The Parkinson’s busts will be new additions to the collection, new members of the ‘Society’.
In contrast to this Baroque sculptural presentation, while in the Parkinson archive, Cavaliero Finn’s ceramic artist Alice Mara was drawn to the decadence portrayed in Parkinson’s photography. She was returned time and time again to the white opulent buildings featured in the photographs – the swimming pools, blue skies, blue water, palm trees, villas, beautiful people in beautiful places. Alice Mara encapsulates the Parkinson ‘glamour’ in her sculptural response to the photographer’s work but also peppers it with a little bit of her trademark irony presenting the other side of this world – a little bit of more of the everyday, lackluster world not evident in the work and world of Parkinson.