Last Chance To See: Frieze Sculpture Park

There is still time to see this years Frieze Sculpture Park exhibition, set in the English Gardens in Regents Park until the 8th of January 2017, and showcasing 19 major artists including Nairy Baghramian, Fernando Casasempere, Jean Dubuffet, Ed Herring and Conrad Shawcross. Download the free Art Fund App for a detailed description of the works, narrated by Yorkshire curator Clare Lilley. One of the largest free outdoor art programmes in the city, Frieze Sculpture Park extends far beyond the regular Frieze timetable and is your chance to see some world-renowned artists in the wild!

To celebrate the last days of the exhibition, LoveCamden is elaborating on some of the meanings behind these excellent works.

1. Treat (2016) by Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian
© Mark Crick 2016

Baghramian moved to Germany in het teens. Her work navigates critiques of art history, domestic spaces and secret histories. For Frieze, her work Treat, an enlarged sculpture of a dog treat, alludes to questions of domesticated obedience, play and the question of humanist superiority.

2. Second Skin (2016) by Fernando Casasempere

© Mark Crick 2016

Casasempere presents over 1,500 hand-sculptured, porcelain elements, together forming Second Skin that is suspended over the ground in Frieze Sculpture Park. The tension between the ground and the sculpture represents its dualistic relationship of art mirroring nature.

3. Tour aux récits (after maquette dated 19 July 1973) (1973) by Jean Dubuffet

Frieze sculpture
© Mark Crick 2016

Jean Dubuffet’s Tour aux récits (after maquette dated 19 July 1973), 1973 is a critical reaction conceived in a world torn apart by the WW2 horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, expressing in its form and materiality the crude, deskilled aesthetic of the ‘outsider’ groups: the ill, the young and the unheard.

4. Zinc-plated wood (1969) by Ed Herring

Ed Herring
© Mark Crick 2016

Ed Herring’s conceptual approach to document and incorporate the artwork’s surroundings into the work itself, called Zinc-plated Wood is a recreation from its original 1969 conception. By nailing over […] of small zinc plates, originally used for printing presses, to the trees in Regent’s Park, Herring both intervenes into the space and lets nature affect the work, as it deteriorates and changes over time.

5. Monolith (optic) (2016) by Conrad Shawcross

Conrad Shawcross
© Mark Crick 2016

Motivated by the ever-changing tensions in visibility that underscore the art of camouflage, Conrad Shawcross’ work Monolith (Optic) is a play of sight and presence. It’s title recalls the concrete materiality of stone, while the bracketed “optic” destabilizes its solidity.