Jon Isherwood regards carving in stone as the most direct route to the essential qualities of sculpture. Isherwood's choice of title Passages and Circumstances in suggestive of the multiple ways of observing and contemplating the two sets of standing stones and their thoroughfares. Granite, one of the olderst rocks on earth, brings with it a history that interests Isherwood. This patricular stone, is a grey colour that verges on black and in places coloured red through the presence of iron oxide. He felt that the two imposing blocks he chose for this work held new possibilities for sculpture and spent a long time familiarising himself with the stones and their final orientation. The form grew originally from the qaulities inherent in the stone; their colour, the quarry-men's marks, the surface that had resulted from an industrial rather than artistic process.
The first cuts made by Isherwood involved removing a central core from each block. He then decided which forms should be opened up so that the viewer could pass through, and which would be simply left visible. He allowed the qualities of the stones - natural flows, the grain and the surface marks - to indicate where he might introduce apertures and carvings. Passages and Circumstances is a sculpture that you can physically pass through resulting in a sculpture whereby you can experience being surrounded, affected and controlled by the sculpture.
CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood