Indoors and Out: the sculpture and design of Bernard Schottlander
In 2000, when the Henry Moore Institute acquired the elements of Bernard Schottlander’s archive relating to his sculpture, it seemed sensible to suggest that the material pertaining to his work as a designer might find a home as part of the University of Brighton Design Archives. Far from segregating the component elements of his career, in fact, the separation has served to trigger an interest in what it is that connects both archives and the artists’ engagement with both sculpture and design. ‘Indoors and Out’ stems from the archival elements of Schottlander’s work and though archival material is referenced in the display, it is his three-dimensional work - be it design or sculpture - that takes centre stage in the exhibition. It seeks to address especially, ideas of scale and staging that informed both Schottlander’s design and his sculpture, often to spectacular effect. Without doubt, the colour and formal drama of his work during the 1950s and 60s made it effective in interior spaces and against architectural backdrops. Moreover, this exhibition suggests that while sculpture may incorporate a diversity of practice, so does design – be it graphic, exhibition, or industrial - and that Schottlander’s work is best considered as achieving appeal across these allied areas.