RC003 AL BRAITHWAITE
Left Blood on the Door
I sleep with a stone in my mouth
until one day I sleep with a tongue of stone
and a pillow stone almost the shape of my heart
Literally taking its name from the result of an accident the artist had on his first visit to Ruby Cruel, Al Braithwaite's show, Left Blood on the Door, presents a selection of small scale pieces from his Works in Stone series. The sculptures have a tactile quality about them whose selection may unconsciously relate to the hand the artist damaged here. The aggressive materials employed make them somewhat unnerving and uncomfortable, perhaps a nod to that moment of pain he suffered. The artist says the works displayed in the window galleries are intended to be hurried past but should stick in the amygdala (the centre of emotion and memory in the brain) of passers-by long after Covid-19 is no longer a concern.
Al Braithwaite is a conceptual artist whose work is characterised by his combinations of disparate materials. A use of hybrid textures plays a key role in his practice. Al works across multiple disciplines, showing among a diverse group of international artists and is in numerous private and public collections.
Al Braithwaite lives and works London, England.
Exhibition ran July 12 - Aug 8, 2020.