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Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works

Solid Light Works is the first major UK exhibition of artist Anthony McCall’s work in over a decade. It explores all facets of his work and includes the UK premieres of three ‘solid light’ installations.

McCall describes his practice as existing in the space where cinema, sculpture and drawing overlap. He is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become active participants in the work.

The exhibition also highlights the importance of drawing to McCall and the meticulous planning that goes into each installation.

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Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works at The Hepworth Wakefield
Video credit: The Hepworth Wakefield

For McCall, the circle, the straight line, and the wave are the basic elements that underpin his practice and each solid light work is a variation of these drawn shapes, often concealing, revealing or traveling through one another.

Aided by digital projection, McCall’s new installations use only projected light and a thin mist, creating physically powerful works that take on the appearance of sculptural forms in space. Visitors are encouraged to engage with the planes and chambers created by the projections.

“I am thrilled to be showing in the UK and particularly in the David Chipperfield designed galleries at The Hepworth Wakefield. These carefully proportioned and gently angled spaces are unusually sympathetic to the work on display.”

Anthony McCall

The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £7,000 towards this exhibition.

Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works opened at The Hepworth Wakefield on 16 February 2018 and continues until 3 June 2018. Entrance is free. For more information see

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