Sunday, June 01, 2008

Peter J. Evans: "Prospects and Interiors: Recent acquisitions of sculptors’ drawings" Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

01.06.08 - 24.08.08
Mezzanine Gallery
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Taking as its point of departure Liadin Cooke’s compelling representation of the ‘Red Room’ in which Jane Eyre was locked up overnight by her unfeeling aunt, Prospects and Interiors looks at drawings by contemporary sculptors of interior space, both physical and mental. The selection ranges from perspective drawings of imagined architectural interiors, laid out as virtual stage sets with a series of suggestive props; through highly worked, close-up studies, in which floors, walls and furnishings are turned into abstract patterns; to more expressive abstractions which describe the interior spaces of the mind, those places onto which we project our hopes and fears.

Running throughout the show is the sculptor’s concern to find a way of representing space as matter. It explores the peculiar ability of the drawn line or mark to make evident usually invisible currents and forces - such as heat, sound and emotion - and to dissolve material differences between various objects and between objects and space. It suggests that, through drawing, sculptors can express space in new ways - in terms of light and shade, emotional and physical forces and particles of matter - and make ‘nothingness’ into something that is ‘full’ and charged with energy.

Prospects and Interiors is based around a core of works in the Leeds collection, including several new acquisitions, with the addition of a number of loans. It includes work by Ed Allington, Phyllida Barlow, Anna Barriball, Nathan Coley, Liadin Cooke, Tony Cragg, Peter J. Evans, Magdalena Jetelova, Minjung Kim, Rosie Leventon, John Newling, Rick Oginz, Carl Plackman, Martin Westwood, Rachel Whiteread, Stephen Willats and Bill Woodrow.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay written by the curator Sophie Raikes.

Peter J. Evans
The Universe & You #4, 2004
Graphite on Paper
64 x 88 x 5 cms, 25.22 x 34.67 x 1.97 inches