Steel – Eddy Dreadnought

Eddy Dreadnought’s ‘Steel’ was originally commissioned in 2019 as part of the Bloc Billboard programme by Bloc Projects in Sheffield. Installed on their billboard alongside the Eyre Lane gallery, Dreadnought was the second artist to present work as part of this year’s programme.

 

The piece pays homage to abstract painting and the work of artists such as Elsworth Kelly, whilst also referencing Sheffield’s unique history. The vertical bars are derived from charts representing the colours that steel goes through when taken to white heat. The horizontal orientation of the work was a conscious decision by Dreadnought, used to explore issues around traditional hierarchical structures, and orienting the billboard as text, to be read in a sweep of time. Employing the formal simplicity of abstract painting, the artist questions accepted hierarchies and explores a conceptual relationship to material, creating works that operate on multiple levels for an audience.

Now, MAW is bringing ‘Steel’ to Middlesbrough where the work will have particular resonance. The local relevance of the piece reflects the interests that Dreadnought tends to return to such as the recession, the history of cultural revolutions and the relevance of contemporary art to working class areas. Reflecting Middlesbrough’s industrial heritage and the region’s deep connection with the steel industry, visitors can see the work 24/7 throughout the Weekender.

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