Robert Bradford: My Alien
The exhibition programme at Kings Hill is now in the sixth year and features work by Herne Bay sculptor Robert Bradford.
Robert’s ‘Alien’ sculpture has been catching the imagination of employees and taking them on a trip down memory lane. The sculpture, like a lot of Robert’s work, is made up of hundreds of toys from different eras.
‘Alien’, is a part of a six year long plastic toy series which began in response to a moment spent in the studio staring into a box of outgrown and discarded toys that were left there by chance.
Some of Robert’s ideas are related to development /change transition and transformation. He worked as a psychotherapist with adults and children for several years in parallel with his art activities and some pieces derive directly or indirectly from concepts inherent in this work, particularly those regarding play as the fundamental root of creativity.
The sculptures work on different levels, the toys being given a ‘second chance’ to shine after being discarded. The artworks are made of toys, which themselves are mini sculptures created by unknown craftsmen. The toys are screwed together in an anatomically correct manner to create a piece imbued with new life, new content/contexts and via these considerations and processes therefore new meanings.
Robert’s work attracts the gleeful attention of adults and children alike who are fascinated by the sculptures, the individual toys used and with the process of their acquisition and construction. They can also be seen as historical collections, that reflect and document the fads and fashions of their time.
Robert’s Alien sculpture can be seen at 11 Tower View and on the Kings Hill website alongside the other exhibiting artists whose work. The exhibition programme is part of a collaboration between Arts & Business and Liberty Property Trust UK and takes place in 8 multi let buildings across the Kings Hill site at West Malling in Kent. Liberty is committed to creating extraordinary environments for staff and visitors.