Geoff Hockley

Geoff Hockley

Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

About Geoff Hockley

My practice is strongly influenced by my background in engineering. Research and experimentation are important elements. I love the challenge of using different processes and exploring new ideas and ways of seeing.

I can categorise my work into subject groups such as, nature/figurative/organic, mathematical/geometrical, or political/social. It can also be partitioned by methodology: for example; the investigation of perceptual processes (such as illusion or tactile effects), exploration of edges, boundaries, voids and volume, or repetition, collections and multiples. While visual impact is important to me, the exploration of the idea is often the most critical element.

The geneses of my projects are diverse. Ideas may come from a particular material, an object, an event, a suggested theme, the natural world, an image or a process. Typically, I will devise a question, or set up a research process, or a series of experiments, the results of which inform and steer me towards the final work. I often work on several themes simultaneously.

I work in a variety of materials according to needs of the work in progress, this has included sculptures in wood, stainless steel as well as castings in glass, bronze and iron.
The design process is necessarily iterative, frequently requiring additional contextual and technical research to extend my conceptual and theoretical knowledge of subject, art practice, tools and processes. This often generates a series of related but disparate ideas for work.

I work from my studio in West Wales.

Education

B.A Hons. Fine Art (sculpture). University of Glamorgan.

Exhibitions

2019 A Sense of Place, Oriel Y Parc, St Davids
2019 Window of Wonders, Arts Care Gofal Gelf, Carmarthen
2018 Reflections, National Botanic Gardens of Wales
2016 Re-awakening, Y Gat, St Clears
2015 Metamorphosis, Y Gat, St Clears
2015 Power, Y Pwerdy, Llandysul
2015 Lower the Tone, The Hours, Brecon
2014 Peace and conflict. Y Gat, St Clears
2013 Where? There, behind you, Grand Theatre, Swansea
2013 Oriel Q Winter Open.
2013 Focal Points, The Hours, Brecon
2013 Mythologies, Y Gat, St Clears
2012 Group show, Y Gat, St Clears
2012 Group show, Boathouse, Laugharne
2012 Conference show: USUK Iron Symposium. Scottish Sculpture Workshop Lumsden.
2011 Oriel Q Winter Open. Narberth
2011 Degree Show CCTA Carmarthen
2010 Conference show 6th International Cast Iron in Art Conference, Kidwelly
2009 Faculty of Fire group exhibition. Pembroke Dock Library.
2008 Oriel Q Winter Open. Queens Hall Narberth.
2008 Student Selection at Group Exhibition CCTA Carmarthen
2007 Group exhibition of work from Stepaside iron pour at Fishguard Library
2000 Emerging Artists Model House Craft and Design Centre. Llantrisant