Grounded by Connor ShIields
When: 20/09/2019 – 08/11/2019
Connor Shields’ work fully embraces the role of the artist as a respondent to the fractious nature of current times. Drawing from personal experience, Connor pertinently illuminates tensions between social, emotional, political and queer agendas.
Through an amalgamation of found and created materials, the work develops as a sculptural response to the everyday forces that shape our sense of the ‘individual’. An investigation of industrial materials and craft techniques realises a visually powerful dynamic in which the artist explores ideas and experiences of working-class masculinity.
With subtlety, the work takes issue with the adopted roles that we easily accept and assume, allowing the viewer to unpick these perceptions
Education Leeds Arts University – BA (Hons) Fine Art (2015-18) Cleveland College of Art and Design – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fine Art (2013-15) Selected Exhibitions 2019 Training Montage. Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough. ‘Tensions’. Meet The Artist, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative.