John Wallbank (’08), The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Standpoint Gallery

September 15, 2010

John Wallbank: New Work
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Exhibition runs from September 17 – 23 October 2010
Artist’s Talk Thursday 1 October 6.30pm

John Wallbank is the 9th winner of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. He was selected as winner in 2009, the guest selector was Cornelia Parker.

John Wallbank makes ambitiously scaled installations and domestically scaled objects from complex combinations of abstracted and eviscerated material. All his pieces have a strong integral sense of drawing; a particular and eloquent line. New works incorporates sheaths or elements made from vaccum-formed perspex, its almost molten clarity glazing the contained form with a seductive smoothness.

Wallbank trained at Edinburgh College of Art and University of Edinburgh 1995-2000 and the Slade School of Fine Art 2002-4. He has had solo exhibitions at Studio 1.1 in 2007, and in 2004 at Moving Station, Pilsen, Czech Republic, supported by the European Commission. Recent group projects include No Soul For Sale at Tate Modern in 2010 and the Jerwood Drawing Prize, selected by Tania Kovats 2009.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor. I The Tanner Award is a partnership project by Standpoint Gallery and the charitable trust set up in memory of the sculptor Mark Tanner, who trained at St Martins and was one of the first artists to show at Standpoint, and died in 1997 after a long illness.

Further information: Fiona MacDonald: 0207 739 4921 /
Venue: Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD
Gallery Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm

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