Sen McGlinn

2 Jan

Sen McGlinn, 2012 during his Rotorua Art Village Residency.

Sen McGlinn, 2012 during his Rotorua Art Village Residency.

Born: 1956, Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
"Poem on a vine," 2004, by Sen McGlinn was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia.

“Poem on a vine,” 2004, by Sen McGlinn was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia.

Sen has studied English Literature, Theology (Otago University) and Islamic Studies (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and had published 3 volumes of poetry by 1988.

He changed direction after moving to the Netherlands in 1989 focussing more on visual interventions, although a lot of his constructions often have traces in literature or text.

The image on the right is: “Poem on a vine,” by Sen McGlinn which was a poem written along a long strip of silver foil which wound along a plant and stone wall in the Zaostrog monastery grounds, Croatia. The text was:

The force of words is silver-quick
and catches every breeze.
Sure knowledge makes the vine unwind
sure grace is in the sun
The green grenade behind the flower
becomes the golden gourd.


Written by Sen in 2004 for this location and work.

"Agony in the Garden," 2002, by Sen McGlinn, International Sculpture Symposium in Singeroz-Bai, Romania.

“Agony in the Garden,” (foreground blocks) 2002, by Sen McGlinn, International Sculpture Symposium in Singeorz-Bai, Romania.

He has exhibited his sculptures or installations on a regular basis since 1999 and has been receiving an annual Leiden city art grant since 2000.

Sometimes he works with his partner Sonja van Kerkhoff on projects.

For THIS he has plans to create a land work involving 100 posts and a slope.

“I like the art of poetic suggestion, of the found object, and of the minimum intervention that helps the viewer to read ‘with the grain’ of the found.
The sculptors were presented with wood, and with a park: I decided to take both as the found”.

Sen McGlinn, 2002 statement for the International Sculpture Symposium in Singeorz-Bai, Romania.

More photos of the works he made in 2002 and 2001 are on this page.

"Cross Pollination," 2007, sculpture and sound piece, 2007 by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the MoDa (Museum of Design and Architecture Grounds), London summer show, "Sculpting the Suburban Landscape."

“Cross Pollination,” 2007, sculpture and sound piece,
by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the MoDa
(Museum of Design and Architecture Grounds)
London summer show, “Sculpting the Suburban Landscape.”

Some examples of earlier works of his are:

 
1997: “The History of civilisation” a 2 metre x 2 metre installation for the DRAP RECYCLE arts festival, Museum of contemporary art, Barcelona, Spain.

Later works made with Sonja are listed here >>.

And his current 2012/13 project in Rotorua is here >>

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