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Matthew Darbyshire: Brand Deities

In partnership with Selfridges, London

Past
2 Oct 2018–31 Mar 2019

‘I had a breakthrough whilst walking around the Selfridges store and suddenly realising the similarity between shopping emporium and museum layouts. ’

Matthew Darbyshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's partnership with Selfridges continues with new Art Block commission by Matthew Darbyshire.

Darbyshire, the Art Block’s second resident artist, has created three figurative works that play with, subvert and interrogate familiar classical symbols. Observing that many world-wide brands derive from classical deities, Darbyshire has reinterpreted the traditional statuary of Nike, Hermes and Mars using the layering method typically seen in digital printing.

The works deliberately resemble the output of 3D printing, however, they have been traditionally crafted using scales and materials not yet possible in 3D printing technology. Retaining all the tell-tale layering and plasticity of a 3D print, the three-metre-tall sculptures adopt classical, monumental scale. Through his own synthetic stone finishes, Darbyshire alludes to the traditional use of marble, and its contemporary equivalent of marble-effect filaments used in 3D printing, whilst also subtly referencing the brands that inform his deities by adopting their various associated colour schemes.

Darbyshire’s installation extends his research into the impact of digital processes upon sculpture, the potency of the mediated form and the lingering cultural importance of the classical.

The Art Block is Selfridges’ permanent destination for contemporary sculpture, presenting a series of six-month long residencies, showing newly commissioned artworks in captivating and unexpected ways. It is curated in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Head of Curatorial Programme, Helen Pheby.

Darbyshire’s installation follows London-based British artist Holly Hendry’s inaugural site-specific sculpture Phyllis. At nearly 4-metres tall, Phyllis was named after one of the Cross Rail digging machines which embedded itself so far under London that it could not be retrieved. Using spoil from the rebuilding of Selfridges’ Duke Street entrance it referenced humanity’s impact on the materials and resources of the world.

 

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Holly Hendry: Phyllis

15 May–30 Sep 2018

Selfridges and Yorkshire Sculpture Park are co-curating The Art Block, a new permanent destination for contemporary sculpture within Selfridges – a first in Selfridges’ history.

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