New Acquisitions on Paper: Phyllidia Barlow, Sarah Staton and Cecile Johnson Soliz
14 Sep 2005 – 7 Jan 2006
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery
Showcasing recent acquisitions of works on paper by three contemporary British sculptors. Though different in style and execution, they are bound by a common theme that places the sculptural subject in a space with an almost imaginary context.
Installation view of New Acquisitions on Paper: Phyllidia Barlow, Sarah Staton and Cecile Johnson Soliz Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
Installation view of New Acquisitions on Paper: Phyllidia Barlow, Sarah Staton and Cecile Johnson Soliz
Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
Phyllida Barlow's strikingly bold paintings echo the surfaces of her better known sculptures, but in a sense go further. They set up arresting situations which speak of the industrial hinterland of London, of the sculpture found among its yards and estates, lit as if by the moon or by a relentless midday sun. Picking out the made from the found among the crates and pallets of the vacant lot is tempting but impossible.
Sarah Staton's careful watercolours also confuse the 'sculptures' with their settings. Conceived as sketches for the installation of a potential exhibition, these twelve scenarios place prisms and glassware in wooden settings which hover between delicately veneered and roughly assembled timber casings. The plinth is thus designed with and for the object; the whole reminiscent at once of domestic, retail and museological interiors.
Cecile Johnson Soliz's six watercolours place domestic ware - jugs, teacups, saucers and teapots - across the space of the page. Three tan, three black, their colours are reminiscent of the materials of Wedgwood. Johnson Soliz focuses on their profiles, their inter-relationships, their occupation of external space, and the shapes and spaces occupied by their interiors. These studies relate directly to her extensive sculptural production of ensembles of domestic ware in clay.
Phyllida Barlow has recently shown at the Baltic and Bloomberg Space, and is the subject of a new monograph published by Black Dog Publishing. Sarah Staton has recently shown at the Graves Gallery and last year, with Jane Simpson, curated 'Daddy Pop' at Anne Faggionato. Both are currently Fellows at the Henry Moore Institute. Cecile Johnson Soliz has recently shown at the Castello di Rivara, and is engaged in Cardiff on a project relating to the casting of bells to be shown in Ireland in August.
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