Ken Newlan recently graduated as a Doctor in Education ( EdD) Student from the University of Sheffield. His research was about teaching and learning visual and three dimensional skills.
Ken Newlan has been an Ofsted inspector and currently educational consultant in art and design. He has 40 years experience teaching and managing in FE/HE colleges
For 15 years Ken Newlan was curator of Montgomery Sculpture Trust, a grant giving trust and sculpture park in Buckinghamshire. Each year a grant was awarded to a visiting sculptor to develop their practice and create a new piece to be added to the Trust's collection. The trust was wound down in 2006 and the collection donated to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Jerwood and Broomhill Sculpture Park in Devon
His conceptual sculptures are based on portraiture, natural experience and interaction with non-representational geometrical forms.
Tricross is a simple structure, the simplest way a three dimensional structure, made from articulated elements, can stand up. It is made from hand-sized, found, shrubbery pieces from a specific place. The place has no significance in one narrative and has some meaning in another.
For the moment it is just a starting point: a structure that can be scaled in time; repeated as a series; scaled in space, made bigger and smaller; represented as sacred, plated in precious metal, cast as 'sculpture', or presented as everyday and ordinary.
There are multiple iterations possible, different weights, surfaces, sizes, colours and, materials. Functions with different haptic attractions.
Tricross is meant to question its own haptic attraction- should it be picked up? does it need to be picked up, to understand what it is?.