In the gallery this summer, New Art Centre is showing a body of work by Conrad Shawcross including examples from some of his most important series of sculptures. This is Conrad Shawcross’ first exhibition at the New Art Centre and he has also made a cast of ‘Manifold 2 (9:8)’ for the sculpture park. Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Shawcross often appropriates redundant theories and methodologies to create ambitious structures in diverse materials. His constructions are conceived as systems – sometimes modular, sometimes mechanical – which could theoretically be extended into infinity. The ‘Perimeter Studies Set 3’, in the current exhibition, comprises four sculptures based on the dodecahedron – the fourth of the platonic solids. They are a result of Shawcross’ experimentation with the solidity of planes and lines in different configurations,

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