Artist Wolfgang Laib creating countless little heaps of rice for an installation

Wolfgang Laib installing “Unlimited Ocean”, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC);  Photo: James Prinz. Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.

Yorkshire Sculpture International 

The Hepworth Wakefield | Wakefield | 22.06.2019 – 22.09.2019

Exhibition | This exhibition is centred around the idea of “truth to materials”, a concept adopted by British modernist artists including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, whose work form the heart of Wakefield’s impressive art collection. It responds to their interest in how a sculptural form should be determined by the characteristics of the chosen material for the work, and explores how these relationships are approached by artists creating sculptures today

A major new installation by Wolfgang Laib, who only uses raw natural resources in his work, takes over one of the largest galleries of The Hepworth Wakefield. Created with rice, stone and ash arranged in a grid of small mounds, the installation invites the viewer to contemplate the interweaving layers of time.

Nairy Baghramian displays recent sculptures from her Maintainers series, which combine raw aluminium casts, coloured wax and lacquer painted braces with cork. The arrangement of these material components in relation to one another suggests both independence and co-dependence, their precarious balancing hinting at the possibility of continuous rearrangement. Baghramian will also display a new work – Coude à Coude – created for this exhibition.



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