About [Re]construct: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition

‘...objects disappear into the fabric of the building, creating unsettling effects’ - Aesthetica

Selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by YSP, as part of the National Partners Programme, this exhibition questioned what we know and understand about architecture, featuring 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. [Re]construct explored ways in which artists incorporated architecture into their work using a process of deconstruction and reconstruction in order to interrogate and manipulate its forms.

Gaston Bachelard wrote: “A house constitutes a body of images that give mankind proofs or illusions of stability”. Several of the works questioned 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 insinuated themselves into the very fabric of the building, their presence subtly altering the architectural status quo.

Buildings are designed, inhabited and animated by people; they are the containers of our stories and memories, framing almost every aspect of our experience. Many of the represented works melded human and built histories, making manifest the often invisible presence of lives within. 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 intensified 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.

Download the Exhibition Leaflet