Plenty and Progress by Mark Titchner

Spectacularly glossy, bursting with a vibrant red that is endlessly reflected within its own mirrored surfaces, Mark Titchner’s wall sculpture Plenty and Progress seems at first glance to embody the affluence evoked by its title.

Details

Medium:
Polished stainless steel & fixings & acrylic spray paint & lacquer
Dimensions:
125 x 125 x 17 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £19,000)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
Vilma Gold

Yet a closer inspection reveals that the apparent plenty is only surface deep. The sculpture isn’t precious metal but stainless steel, a material of austerity, while the circularity of the work seemingly resists any notion of linear progress. Situated within the City of London, the historical centre of Britain’s financial services industry, the Guildhall Art Gallery is perfectly placed to explore the often-controversial issues of money, wealth and the economy. Plenty and Progress will form the cornerstone of a new collection of contemporary art at the gallery, intended to provoke debate on the merits – and faults – of capitalism.

Provenance

The artist.

Venue details

Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard, LONDON London EC2P 2EJ 020 7332 3700 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Entry details

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