Alistair McClymont

London based artist's Alistair McClymont graduated from the Royal College of Art sculpture MA in 2005. His work is a continuing process of discovery, experimentation and investigation into cultural and physical phenomena across a large variety of materials and practices. 

Recent work is underlined by a search for what it is to be human. This might be our position in time and space on a grand scale. Each piece takes a small subject area and breaks it down into something understandable and perhaps beautiful.

At times artworks take the form of direct demonstration, or experimentation: phenomena are removed from the world and reduced to their essence. At other times the artworks are formed by phenomena: the sculpture, or image is created by a process that is out of his control and the final work points to that process.


The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty

The Limitations of Logic and Absence of Absolute Certainty is an experiment. The piece sets up the conditions necessary to create a tornado. Using only what is necessary, moving air turns water vapor into a fierce vortex. In its simplicity and immediacy the piece aims to give direct contact with the awe, fear and beauty of the Romantic sublime.
The work consists of materials that reflect pure function, nothing is hidden from view. In this way the work is not only about the beauty of the tornado, but also the beauty of knowledge – the euphoric moment of discovery and understanding.