Gravity's Angel

27 September – 30 December 1995

Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight and light, matter and mind: the title Gravity's Angel is designed to fasten attention on the properties of sculpture, its physical condition and its mental aspiration.

Each of the four different spaces in this exhibition are marked, in a different way, by one artist's work. Kirsten Ortwed's sculptures embrace the ground; indeed, they were formed by it. Their measured heaviness paces out the floor. Christina Iglesias' alabaster ledges inscribe the walls and are activated by light from above. They mark out the edge while using the sky. Asta Gröting's projected 'Eis' show dematerialises the body as it loses itself on ice, and then brings it back to earth abruptly. Lili Dujourie's 'Cabinets' provide their own supports. They hold themselves up for further investigation.

The groups of work are separate, but sympathetic, and together they mark out ways of using and of seeing space. The sculptures demarcate the physical properties of the Institute, and pull attention into its interior spaces. Though sculpture cannot defy gravity, it can effect our transportation onto a spiritual plane.

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment

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