Garth Evans: Sculpture Photographs

2 April – 12 July 2015

Exhibition in the Sculpture Study Galleries, Leeds Art Gallery

Garth Evans (b. 1934) is central to the narrative of British sculpture, his work experimenting consistently with the possibilities of medium, form, weight and scale.

Garth Evans: Sculpture Photographs presents two bodies of the artist's work from the late 1960s and 1970s: 'British Steel Photographs 1969-71' and 'Portals 1977'.

During this period Evans moved away from formal composition and adopted a more open-ended approach to making work, focusing on process, texture and other material qualities. He used photography to re-examine sculptural thinking, providing a catalyst for change in his broader object-making practice.

'British Steel Photographs 1969-71' came out of Evans' Fellowship at the British Steel Corporation, a nationalised industry formed in 1967. Evans spent his time observing the human and industrial processes of the changing steel industry, reflecting on how this production related to the studio activities of the sculptor. He produced a series of photographs taken at major production facilities, framing groupings of objects and materials.

From a mass of images taken by Evans during his fellowship, he selected 164 vintage prints for display in the gallery. Also on display is related archival material, acquired in 2014 for the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection, which the Institute curates and manages in a unique partnership that has built one of the strongest public collections of British sculpture.

'Portals 1977' is a colour slide-work made in 1977 that is exhibited here for the first time. It projects a succession of images of things found in and on the ground in six cities - Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and London. Evans regards these images, which encompass grates, grids, manhole covers and doormats, as 'raw material' made by others and found by the artist. Each image is projected for four seconds, before being replaced by another. Representing speculative enquiries by the artist into sculptural possibility, these works provide a window on to his creative process.

Garth Evans has exhibited widely across the UK and USA including in the influential group exhibitions British Sculpture '72, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1972) and The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London (1975). In 2013 artist Richard Deacon curated the survey exhibition Garth Evans at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which coincided with the release of Garth Evans: Sculpture, Beneath the Skin, edited by Ann Compton, a major publication reviewing his career to date.

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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