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Michael Kidner: Making Maps, Looking for Landmarks (No. 16)

Michael Kidner: Making Maps, Looking for Landmarks (No. 16)

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Although Michael Kidner may still be best known as a painter, his interest between perception and space, and in the interplay between art and science, has long since taken him into three-dimensional work, or what he calls 'the sculpture of volume'.

Taking us back to the 1950s and 60s, this interview reveals the developments in his paintings, and through to Kidner's friendly - and creative - rival with computer technology thereafter. During the 1990s his interest has focused on 'constructions designed to express his concept of space as something fluid and unframed - not fixed, above and below'.

This essay was written to accompany the exhibition Work in Progress: Michael Kidner (21 May - 23 August 1997, the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery). The text is an edited version of an interview between Penelope Curtis and Michael Kidner, designed specifically to provide the background to Kidner's recent work. The original interview was conducted in March 1996 for the British Library National Sound Archive's National Life Story Collection.

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