Prospects and Interiors: Sculptors' Drawings of Inner Space
30 May – 22 August 2008
Exhibition in the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery
Based around a core of works in the Leeds collection, Prospects and Interiors addresses the sculptor's concern to find a way of representing space as matter.
Taking as its point of departure Liadin Cooke's compelling representation of the 'Red Room' in which Jane Eyre was locked up overnight by her unfeeling aunt, Prospects and Interiors looks at drawings by contemporary sculptors of interior space, both physical and mental.
The selection ranges from perspective drawings of imagined architectural interiors, laid out as virtual stage sets with a series of suggestive props; through highly worked, close-up studies, in which floors, walls and furnishings are turned into abstract patterns; to more expressive abstractions which describe the interior spaces of the mind, those places onto which we project our hopes and fears.
The exhibition explores the peculiar ability of the drawn line or mark to make evident usually invisible currents and forces - such as heat, sound and emotion - and to dissolve material differences between various objects and between objects and space.
Prospects and Interiors suggests that, through drawing, sculptors can express space in new ways - in terms of light and shade, emotional and physical forces and particles of matter - and make 'nothingness' into something that is 'full' and charged with energy.