- Bryan Kneale
London, Pangolin London, Bryan Kneale: Five Decades, 2015, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Pendulum incorporates two of the artist’s most important preoccupations: steel and poise. From the first moment he encountered steel, when his father retrieved a fragment of steel from the remnants of a bomb near their home on the Isle of Man, the artist was captivated by the stern durability of the material that nonetheless bent and folded under elemental heat and force. Pendulum comprises a rigid framework of strong lines, inflexibly joined together. However, the hanging element introduces a sense of delicacy that transforms the strict form into something variable, vital and beautiful, beguiling in its elegance and grace.