The Most Real Thing
The most real thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture brings together diverse artists and makers to examine the ongoing relationship between sculpture and textiles, including work made using a range of techniques and media, from three-dimensional objects, contemporary painting, costume and performance to fabric, craft and design. The title of the exhibition is taken from Anni Albers' 1938 essay Work with Material in which she claimed: "...we must come down to earth from the clouds where we live in vagueness and experience the most real thing there is: material."
“I wanted to create an externalised joint that would enable me to combine a big range of different materials that normally would require very time-consuming methods of joining them together, and at the same time, to create a decorative pattern formed by the different colours of the thread.” Anton Alvarez's work 'Thread Wrapping Architecture' - which not only heralds a new method of sculpting but also raises multiple questions about craft and the relationship between our hands, minds and technology - is just one of the pieces on display in The New Art Centre's exhibition. Other artists include Yinka Shonibare MBE, Ben Nicholson and Lucienne Day, Peter Collingwood and Ann Sutton, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Ptolemy Mann and Phyllida Barlow
The Most Real Thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture
From 15 September - 4 November 2018
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