11 July 2012 – 25 August 2012
Blain Southern, London Dering Street
Rachel Howard - Eva 2005 Household gloss on canvas 66 x 48 inchesThe directors of Blain|Southern are delighted to present Gravity and Disgrace, a group show curated by Rachel Howard which brings together the artist’s own work with that of Jane Simpson and Amelia Newton Whitelaw. Inspired by the Hayward Gallery’s 1993 exhibition Gravity & Grace: The Changing Condition of Sculpture, 1965 – 1975, the exhibition considers how select artists today continue to explore unconventional materiality through painting and sculpture. Gravity and Grace celebrated the transitional nature of sculpture during the late 1960s and early 1970s by presenting some of the most important and provocative works made during these years. Illustrating the revolutionary influence of Arte Povera upon sculptural practice in America and Europe at this time, the exhibition highlighted a rejection of sophisticated methods of construction and traditional materials. Using this specific show as a springboard, the curatorial parameters of Gravity and Disgrace focus on artworks in which materiality is key, as is the perception of the viewer. This exhibition also encapsulates the idea of opposition, which is present in various configurations in all of the featured works.
Jane Simpson - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing 2008 Brass, electrical wiring, lacquer, refrigeration unit, resin, Singer sewing maching, sewing paraphernalia, wood 110 x 170 x 173 cm Photo: Russell Calabrese
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