To hell with facts! We need stories! Narrative, Sculpture, and the Work of Renee So

“To hell with facts! We need stories!”

Ken Kesey

Artists Becky Beasley, Paul Becker and Will Holder consider the relationship between narrative and sculpture, including art historical research, words and language, and narrative as a tool for sculpture. Chaired by Kirstie Gregory (Research Coordinator, the Henry Moore Institute).

About the speakers

Becky Beasley (born 1975) is a Hastings-based artist who works in sculpture, installation and photography to delve into the ambiguities and essential opacity of human experience. Key to her working processes is the idea of burrowing: a digressive and exploratory practice focusing on everyday moments of intensity and private revelation.

Solo exhibitions and performances include Plan B Gallery, Berlin; 80WSE Gallery, New York; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; SKUC Public Gallery, Ljubljana; South London Gallery, London; Leeds City Gallery, Leeds; Spike Island, Bristol; Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London and Tate Britain, London. In 2018 Beasley published her writing, ‘Two Plants in a Dip’, through the Artists’ Research Centre (ARC) Writers’ programme. The text weaves together a weekend spent in Southend with her mother with her relationship with alien plant expert, Eric Clement, reflecting on the future through maternal love, friendship and botany.

Paul Becker is a painter and a writer based in Stockholm. In 2011 the Henry Moore Institute published his My Life by Anton Lesseman as part of its 'Essays on Sculpture' series. Recent texts and publications include Choreograpy/Coreografia for Juan de la Cosa, Mexico and Legsicon (with Agnès Varda, Emily Wardill, Natasha Soobramanien & Lawrence Weiner) for the artist Laure Prouvost, published by Bookworks and M_HKA Antwerp.

Becker has collaborated with many individual artists, curators and writers on exhibitions, texts, films and publications and for several years he has been compiling The Kink in the Arc, a collective dream novel based on the idea of Ekphrasis.

Typographer Will Holder documents and scores an application of language to things. Voices from various disciplines are mediated and reproduced as design: bringing meaning and public access to things. His work is informed by an ongoing study of song and music-making as a co-authored process, and model for other disciplines. It has taken the form of oral publications and printed matter. Holder is the editor of F.R.DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing. The publisher, uh books, was founded to publish F.R.DAVID, and divert income from publisher-distributors’ pockets back to supporting others’ work – albeit rather unsuccessfully. A singular “uh” suggests an adaptive whole of a plural “books”. The disparity between logotype (a) and its phonetic (“uh” – say out loud: “a cow, a house, a camel”) is suggestive of the publisher’s work with writers, artists, musicians, dancers, readers & audience using conversation as model and means for writing; by way of speech, performance and transcription. uh books has been made possible with a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award to Will Holder in 2015.

Venue details

Venue address

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

Opening times

The Henry Moore Institute will be reopening from Tuesday 18 May.

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