"... Truth can be obtained by us only when ... by comparing a quality common to two sensations, we succeed in distilling their common essence and in reuniting them to each-other within a metaphor, liberated from the contingencies of Time ..." Marcel Proust, Le Temps Retrouvé
Published to coincide with the Wallace Collections 2011 'Time Regained: Works by Kevin Coates', the theme of the exhibition looks at one of Coates's enduring preoccupations "the connection of Time with Art and Humanity, and our response to the artefacts left by others". Inspired directly by a dozen of the treasures from the Wallace Collection, the exhibition aims to refresh our way of looking at objects and stimulates the imagination.
A distinguished Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company, Coates has created a number of significant new works, combining the mysteries of the goldsmith, painter, sculptor, musician, geometer, and scholar. Using a diverse range of Wallace Collection pieces for inspiration including Gothic armour, Maiolica and paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Van Loo, Coates has created entirely new works using his skills as a contemporary goldsmith.
The catalogue includes a preface written by Dame Rosalind Savill, an essay titled 'The Golden Mean[ing]' by Elizabeth Goring, and an artist statement by Dr. Kevin Coates. The annotated and illustrated catalogue presents 12 specific pieces and also includes the artist biography and a selected exhibitions history.