At Leeds Art Gallery a series of solo shows and new commissions will explore the breadth of contemporary sculpture-making, including the first solo exhibition in the UK by Nobuko Tsuchiya (b.1972, Japan). Tsuchiya uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures that evoke an arresting narrative quality. She begins by collecting materials she is intuitively attracted to and combining them into polymer-like structures which are then cast. As part of the exhibition, Tsuchiya will use the gallery as a studio to assemble the final works.
Rachel Harrison (b. 1966, New York) will exhibit a group of works that relate to the body. Harrison’s work draws from a wide range of influences, combining art historical and pop cultural references through a witty assemblage of materials.
Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985, Poland) will take over one of the galleries, carpeting the floor and installing a series of composed black and white photographs which explore notions of the human body and social structures. Piotrowska’s work examines the complex power dynamics and psychological effects of human relationships.
Leeds Art Gallery will also exhibit a major re-display of their sculpture collections to accompany the individual artists’ presentations. The exhibition Woodwork: A Family Tree of Sculpture proposes that wood might be the most anthropological of materials, crossing cultures and time through its plasticity, portability and durability. This display will consider the correspondence between maker and material and feature works from Leeds Art Gallery’s collection of British sculpture, alongside objects from Africa, India, China and Myanmar from the world cultures collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Leeds Art Gallery
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