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Research material by Florian Roithmayr was on display in the research space.
Florian Roithmayr’s Humility of Plaster was a two-year research and exhibition project exploring the materiality of collections housing plaster moulds and casts across Europe, enabled through a new partnership between the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Kettle’s Yard, and Wysing Arts Centre where Roithmayr has a studio.
Moulding and casting are widely used techniques of modern and contemporary art making. Their use and application can be found beyond the disciplinary art canon, in areas not immediately associated with art practices, and in times before casting became an acceptable form of sculptural production in its own right.
Roithmayr has developed a new body of sculptures in response to this research, that was presented amongst the collection of plaster casts of classical works at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, 19 May to 3 November 2018. His research was presented in this exhibition in our research spaces.
Alongside the exhibitions, Roithmayr developed an audio blog that presents interviews recorded in different plaster cast collections across Europe, drawing attention to the materials and techniques still used in the moulding workshops often operating parallel to the collections displaying the casts.
A conference on Tuesday 4 September at Kettle’s Yard included contributions from invited speakers from a range of moulding and casting workshops, exploring practical making, plaster casting techniques and collection strategies, as well as Dr Rebecca Wade, assistant curator Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Alex Massouras, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and artist Karin Ruggaber.