Medium Weird, 2020 / Stoneware
Baby Weird, 2020 / Stoneware
Weird in a Sylvan Setting, 2020 / Oil bar on paper
Pope’s ‘Weird’ series of ceramics and drawings emerged at the start of the Covid 19, when the phrase “living in weird times” was popularised. ‘Baby Weird’ and ‘Middle Weird’ are formed of stacked ceramic vessels with wonkily positioned eye holes, flipper-type limb and pointed ears.
Nicholas Pope (b. 1949) is one of a generation of talented British sculptors who acquired national and international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Like others, such as Tony Cragg (b. 1949), Richard Deacon (b 1948), Bill Woodrow (b. 1947), Antony Gormley (b. 1951) and Edward Allington (b. 1951), Pope was interested in making sculpture that departed from the boxy geometrical object orders of American Minimalism and resulted from a direct, physical and emotional engagement with materials.