Andipa Contemporary is proud to announce a news series of work by British sculptor Peter Burke. Shadow Factory refers to a series of buildings constructed during World War II in Britain to increase manufacturing capability of key elements to the war effort. During Burke's early career training at Rolls Royce there was a building which retained the name Shadow Factory and become a source of fascination, resonating both the poetic and the prosaic.
Burke explores the areas of tension between a human image and the physicality of materials and process. Surveillance, vulnerability, tribal instincts and dynamic group behaviours are all key elements to this series of work which, ultimately, discusses the relationship of the individual amongst the mass. At what point does a group of individuals become a crowd? What happens when the group of individuals shift their identity to a collective mass rather than a single voice?
To Burke there is a frailty to the human condition which is so often overlooked in the fast paced digital world we find ourselves in. To explore what it means to be an individual in our present culture is at the very core of the artist's work.