Until January a monumental cockerel will gaze across the 500 acres of fields, hills, woodland, lakes and formal gardens that make up the incomparable Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This is because Portugal’s leading contemporary artist, Joana Vasconcelos, is in town with an exhibition that attains the perfect balance between intelligence and humour, good looks and good fun. Casting domesticity and craft, particularly fabric and crochet, in a different light to the other artists who work with these elements of visual vocabulary. Vasconcelos’ joyful and thought-provoking works comment on national and collective identity, cultural traditions and the role of women. The crochet-bound sculptures that open the exhibition make a spectacle of traditional sculptural objects by simultaneously imprisoning and protecting them beneath a layer of colourful tatting.
We featured this exhibition in Issue 97 Red.