CONTEMPORARY sculpture comes into focus at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, with work by 12 members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group, including Suzanne North of Longwood.
The exhibition, 13 Moons, take its title from the Cherokee way of depicting the year through the passing of the moons and their connection with the food and planting cycle.
Suzanne uses her favourite Serpentine stone from Cornwall most effectively as she contrasts the smoothed and unfinished textures impressively in a large piece, Ways of Looking.
Her smaller, metal pieces are titled New Beginnings, while a completely different work is an upright piece of slate with two round holes circled in red.
George Hainsworth presents us with two Moonwalker pieces, both with a touch of comedy about them.
The first is an above life-size figure in metal and wood, conjugated from various bits and pieces, and with what looks almost like a miner’s lamp at the top of the head.
The other is a smaller piece, similarly composed and including a lucky star, while Nestling Moons by Victorias Ferrard Scott consists of interestingly-shaped curved pieces in white stone.
Barry Midgley’s bronze, Big Moon Rising includes a figure and a half moon in bronze.
From Lucy Hainsworth, there’s Moon Maiden, a head and shoulders piece in resin, perched on a moon-shaped piece of wood.
One of her other pieces, Moon Dance is a dancer placed inside a cog wheel.
Moonbeam in a Jar is a novel piece, with curved sparkling silver pieces in a glass jar, mounted on an inverted plant pot, and advertised as Extra Quality moonbeams, “dawn fresh”.
Terry Hamill’s Moon Rocket resembles a firework, labelled USA and topped by a moon, while Andrew Pert’s Harvest Moon uses orange and black half moon shapes.
Wall-mounted pieces include Lucy Hainsworth’s watercolour, Moon of Tranquility (overlooking a farmstead) and a lithograph, Moontide.
Mock front page covers of the National Geographic magazine by Terry Hamill have imagined headlines like Astronaut’s Amazing Discovery – Snow found on Moon, Ants on Moon, and Worms on Moon. Plastic bag are Hilary Burt’s economic chosen material for her bird in Rock with Moons, with two pieces of silver paper serving as moons.
The show runs till April 1. The gallery opens Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesdays).