Frieze Sculpture Fair 2018
Curated by Clare Lilley, this year's exhibition features work by 25 modern and contemporary artists. Lilley says: 'My hope is that the exhibition will give pause for thought as well as great pleasure, and that visitors to Regent’s Park will have a snapshot of the fantastic imagination of artists and variety of sculpture being made today.'
This year's exhibition also introduces the new Frieze Sculpture Family Trail, where children can follow along the trail and enjoy the artworks. Download your pack here.
Barry Flanagan – Large Nijinksi on Anvil Point, 2001.
A ‘Nijinski’ hare dances on the tip of an Anvil. This contrasts the lightness of the dancing against the weight of the anvil. The hare takes its name from famous Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinki (1889 – 1950). By contrasting the light, energetic of the dancing hare with the solid construction of the anvil, he draws together the function of the equipment and the vital impulse for life, the dance.
Tracey Emin – ‘A Moment Without You’, 2017.
In this piece, bird sculpted sit perched on 5 separate 4 metre high poles. Similarly to Lilley’s aims with this exhibition, Emin wanted people to take a moment out of their day to appreciate the birds and think of their loved ones. The birds represent the distance between us but highlights the connection in our hearts and minds. Emin sees the piece as a symbol of ‘hope, faith and spirituality’.
John Baldessari – ‘Penguin’ , 2018
This penguin stands at six feet and seven inches tall – the same height as Baldessari. The piece depicts the artist as a penguin. The penguin alludes to old classic Hollywood tropes, drawing nuances to the dancing penguins in Marry Poppins and Charlie Chaplin’s walk. As with these birds, the sculpture is both funny and destabilising. Catch these and more 'wild' sculptures at the Frieze art sculpture fair!
Here our some of our favourite sculptures that play with space and light:
Kimsooja – A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, 2014
Standing at 46 feet tall, this monumental sculpture is structured to maximise the refractive qualities of natural light. The colour of the sculpture is interactive, depending on the light, similar to what you find on the wings of a butterfly or shells in beetles. This brings together the aspects of immense architectural construction with elements that can be found in nature.
Richard Woods – ‘Holiday Home (Regent’s Park), 2018
This sculpture depicts a house, although it is only the size of a third of a house, so impossible to live in. With no real windows or doors, this piece plays upon the desire of exotic locations and sought after holiday homes, amongst the background of a huge housing crisis. The simplistic, brightly – coloured house within Regent’s Park creates the image of not belonging; like an alien or visitor dropped into a strange location.
Rana Begum – ‘No. 814’, 2018
Rana Begum’s work uses glass of various colours to play with our experience of light and colour, blurring the lines between sculpture, painting and architecture. The viewer is able to see the subtle changes throughout the day, the piece is changing infinitely shifting, reflecting the environment and the viewer.
Conrad Showcross ‘Optic Labyrinth (Arrangement 1)’, 2018
This sculpture takes the form of an immersive maze, this labyrinth engages with the sun and its shifting position throughout the day. This brings a focus onto how the viewer might navigate the maze in relation to the rise and fall of the sun. Optic Labyrinth draws upon myth and history, alluding to relics with mysteries surrounding their meaning and purpose.
All images courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.