Portable Sculpture: Meet the Artists
- Henry Moore Institute
- 4 February – 29 August 2021
Portable Sculpture is a new group exhibition featuring fifteen artists who make work that is designed to fold up, pack down, or made while on the move.
The exhibition will open to the public as soon as government Covid restrictions are lifted. Until then, we'll be bringing you six films from artists discussing their work and why they've chosen to make portable sculpture.
Episode One: Mohamad Hafez
Our first episode highlights Mohamad Hafez, whose intricately detailed scenes are a powerful illustration of the aftermath of the conflict in Syria. In this fascinating film he discusses isolation, emotional baggage and making as a means of therapy.
Episode Two: Claire Ashley
Episode Two features Claire Ashley whose inflatable artworks sit somewhere between painting and sculpture. In this film she discusses the creation of her monumental sculptural work, that she makes to not only be portable, but also to entertain and delight.
Episode Three: James Ackerley
Find out about James Ackerley's Studio Objects, a series he has revisited for our exhibition. Originally made of cardboard, these works were designed for swift disassembly, as he's moved studios so often during the last five years. Having recently secured more stable studio space, he tells us what this stability has done for his practice and the difference it's made to his work.
Episode Four: Liz Ensz
Meet Liz Ensz who tells us about their sustainable practice, the origins of the work and their nomadic approach to making art.
Episode Five: Veronica Ryan
Veronica Ryan introduces the work on display in Portable Sculpture, discussing making work on the move, the use of embroidery in her pillow case pieces and the inspiration behind them.
Episode Six: Charles Hewlings
Charles Hewlings usually makes very large sculptures, which engage with their surrounding architecture to manipulate and activate space. By contrast he's worked on a much smaller scale with 'Valley Suitcase' which appears in the exhibition. In the final episode of the series, he reveals the inspirations behind the work and the very practical reasons it was made in a suitcase.
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