The Hepworth Wakefield will present its most ambitious exhibition to date, unfolding as a series of new commissions and debut UK presentations by established and emerging artists across the David Chipperfield-designed gallery spaces.
Centred around the theme of ‘truth to materials’, the exhibition will investigate the idea that a sculptural form should be determined by the characteristics of the chosen materials.
The series of encounters with the individual artists will begin with a display of recent works by Jimmie Durham (b. 1940, USA) positioned in conversation with early sculptures and carvings by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, highlighting how each artist created their work to emphasise the natural properties of raw materials.
A major new installation by Wolfgang Laib, who only uses raw natural resources in his work, will take over one of The Hepworth Wakefield’s largest galleries. Created with rice and pollen collected by the artist over a number of years from the fields surrounding his home, Laib explores the organic and life-giving qualities of the materials he uses, reflected in his meditative working practices of collecting and installing.
Nairy Baghramian will display works from her Maintainers series, recent sculptures that combine aluminium casts, coloured wax and lacquer painted braces with cork. The resolute materiality of each independent element is seemingly contradicted by the tentative physical relationships between them, which suggest the possibility of continuous rearrangement.
Alongside the Maintainers Baghramian will also present a new work that will be displayed for the first time at The Hepworth Wakefield developing ideas explored in the Maintainers works.
The exhibition will also include the debut presentation outside of North America of self-taught, Jamaican-Canadian artist, Tau Lewis. A newly commissioned body of work will be on display featuring a large-scale collaged textile hanging, forms composed of found objects and soft figurative works with hand-carved plaster faces and feet. By stitching together found objects and materials from different cultures and places, often embedding personal belongings within her sculptures, Lewis explores the black diasporic experience and contemplates the erasure of histories.
Artist and composer Tarek Atoui will present a specially commissioned sound installation that explores the acoustic properties of different materials. The installation will bring together an orchestra of new and existing instruments to experiment with different principles of composition, collaboration and performance. As part of Atoui’s immersive soundscape, the instruments will be played at regular intervals by invited performers.
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