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Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents [Re]construct, an Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition

20 Jan 2017

[Re]construct
An Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition
1 April–25 June 2017
 
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) presents [Re]construct in the 18th-century Chapel. Selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by YSP, as part of the National Partners Programme, the exhibition questions what we know and understand about architecture, and features work by artists including Martin Creed, Anya Gallaccio and Cornelia Parker.
 
There has long been an intimate and complex relationship between sculpture and architecture, with many artists operating at and around this boundary. The exhibition explores ways in which artists have incorporated architecture into their work using a process of deconstruction and reconstruction in order to interrogate and manipulate its forms.
 
Several of the works question our ideas about the materiality and permanence of the built environment, with bricks made of wax, wall plugs crafted from onyx, reassembled ruined structures, and bodies painted to look like stone. Other objects insinuate themselves into the very fabric of the building, their presence subtly altering the architectural status quo.
 
Centrally within the Chapel’s nave, Cornelia Parker’s Neither From Nor Towards is one of the artist’s iconic suspended works and comprises weathered bricks from a row of houses destroyed when they slipped into the sea on the south-east coast following the erosion of the cliffs. Further shaped by the aggressive action of the waves, the bricks have been reassembled so when seen from above they form the simplified box house shape of children’s drawings, complete with pitched roof. Hinting at the previous life of the material, the work exists held in silent stasis, a resurrection or ghost of its former self.
 
Alex Chinneck also examines the idea of transient architecture through the use of wax bricks, replacing a long-lasting material with an entirely malleable one that changes state even with the heat of touch. Emphasising its unsuitability for construction, a circle at the centre of the wall has been melted, resulting in cascades of wax. Like Parker’s brick house, this sculpture captures a moment frozen in time. The title A Hole in a Bag of Nerves further adds to the presence of a human hand in this work, drawing attention to metaphysical rather than physical qualities.
 
Susan Collis’s Untitled (Rawl Plugs) confounds expectation, masquerading as everyday wall fixings that appear to have been abandoned, possibly after a picture or shelf has been removed. The work is actually carefully crafted in semi-precious stone. In drawing attention to the smallest details of our surroundings, Collis invites us to consider the hierarchy of materials and encourages us to look at and analyse our environment with greater care.
 
Work No.135 by Martin Creed, is a protrusion that grows from and becomes part of the wall itself, finished in the same material and painted white so that it appears simultaneously at home and incongruous. Like an organic growth, it interrupts our preconceptions and suggests an animate life within the inanimate structure of the building.
 
Commissioned in 1744, YSP’s Chapel is an exceptional space, which also embodies the extraordinary way in which buildings can independently engender very particular qualities such as peacefulness and spirituality. Here the works on display further intensify the already heightened relationship between the viewer and their immediate environment.
 
[Re]construct features work by: Claire Barclay, Alex Chinneck, Susan Collis, Martin Creed, Anya Gallaccio, Lucy Gunning, Sonya Hanney and Adam Dade, Denis Masi, Alex Pain, Cornelia Parker, Nina Saunders, Emily Speed, John Wood and Paul Harrison.
 
To accompany the exhibition, and in celebration of the architecture and follies that punctuate the landscape at YSP, exhibiting artist Emily Speed will lead A Parade of Architectural Commas at the Park on 20 May 2017 (from 2.30pm / Free). The unique event will see performers in architectural costumes emerge and gather into a small parade for a journey through the Park.
 
Other Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibitions, curated by YSP are:
 
Tread Softly
Bothy Gallery
27 May–3 September 2017
 
Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection
Longside Gallery
15 July–29 October 2017
 
An Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, presented at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2017 is:
 
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art
Longside Gallery
1 April–18 June 2017


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Notes to Editors

 
About Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is a national collection of British art from 1946 to the present day and holds nearly 8,000 works which are available for loan to spaces across the UK. With more than 1,000 loans made to over 100 venues a year, it is seen by millions of people annually in public spaces from galleries and museums to hospitals, libraries and universities. Representing one of the most important collections of British modern and contemporary art in the world, it includes work from Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore to Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry. The Collection supports and promotes British art and British artists by buying art when they are in the early stages of their career, and continues to acquire new work and support emerging artists. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London and the Sculpture Centre is located at Longside in Yorkshire Sculpture Park. artscouncilcollection.org.uk
 
About National Partner Exhibitions
To mark the Arts Council Collections 70th anniversary, Arts Council England has invested in a network of four National Partner museums and galleries across England, which will deepen the Collection’s longstanding relationship with four key museums and galleries around the country: the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Birmingham Museums Trust; and The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The partners will provide a year round home for art works within the collection, hosting a special programme of 24 National Partner exhibitions between April 2016 and March 2019. The current National Partners exhibition A Certain Kind of Light at Towner Art Gallery runs from 21 January to 7 May 2017.
 
About Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Southbank Centre is carrying out vital restoration work on the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to make the buildings fit for future generations to enjoy, more information can be found here: letthelightin.southbankcentre.co.uk

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Cornelia Parker, Neither From Nor Towards, 1992. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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[Re]construct, 2017 (installation view). Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the artists. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Alex Chinneck, A hole in a bag of nerves, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo Charles Emerson

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Emily Speed, Rooms Designed for a Woman (still), 2017. HD Video. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Susan Collis, State Border, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Cornelia Parker, Neither From Nor Towards (detail), 1992. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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[Re]construct, 2017 (installation view). Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the artists. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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[Re]construct, 2017 (installation view). Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the artists. Photo © Jonty Wilde

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