Early One Morning identifies and presents a new generation of important British sculptors. These young artists are involved in re-engaging with the formal and conceptual activity of making objects - working again with materials, form and plasticity.
As the Whitechapel introduced the 'New Generation' of British sculptors in 1965, so Early One Morning identifies and presents a new generation of important British sculptors.
These young artists are involved in re-engaging with the formal and conceptual activity of making objects - working again with materials, form and plasticity.
Their exploration of the industrial blends with popular culture is strikingly reminiscent of the work of Anthony Caro and the New Generation sculptors of the 1960s.
However, this generation of sculptors' experiments in space and time playfully draw on these messages from the past and firmly assert the political present.
Shahin Afrassiabi, Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie, Eva Rothschild and Gary Webb will form Early One Morning.
Shahin Affrassiabi (b 1969) highlights the importance of painting for all the sculptors in Early One Morning by displaying his 'still lives' of household and industrial materials. Using pots of paint, carpets and slabs of aluminium, Affrassiabi evokes a history of abstraction and emphasises the constructed and presented nature of all art.
Claire Barclay (b 1968) combines notions of the organic and the synthetic in her work. Materials such as thread, leather and rubber are used for their plastic and aesthetic qualities as sculptural components in a return to abstraction, formalism and craft.
Jim Lambie (b 1964) references popular culture, in particular music, in his work, drawing on the materials of his everyday life. Using such ephemeral sculptural materials as record covers, safety pins and glitter, Lambie creates fetishistic artefacts and exquisite multi-coloured floors expands the parameters that define space and form.
Eva Rothschild (b 1971) invests a spirituality in her sculptures, using unquantifiable elements such as incense, leather and computer drawings. Moving between two and three dimensions her psychedelic work has been referred to as 'magic minimalism'.
Gary Webb (b 1973) uses acidic colours and plastic forms in sculptures which are strongly reminiscent of the work of the New Generation of the 1960s. Abstraction allows a playfulness with style for Webb, conjuring up infinite associations through it's clean, manufactured form.
Early One Morning is part of an ongoing programme strand at the Whitechapel Art Gallery which identifies exciting new developments in contemporary art.
Previous shows have included New British Painting and Sculpture (1968), From Two Worlds (1986), New Art from Cuba (1995), and 000zerozerozero (1999).
Early One Morning is timed to coincide with the exhibition of New Generation of sculptors including William Tucker and Philip King at Tate Britain. Tra La La will be at Tate Britain until 12 August 2002.
A catalogue exploring the relationship between sculpture in the 1960s and current practice will accompany the exhibition. With essays and interviews with the artists by Iwona Blazwick, Director, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Mary Horlock, Curator, Tate Britain, and Andrea Tarsia, Head of exhibitions and Projects, the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Image: Eva Rothschild, Disappearer, 2001, Incense sticks. Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow and Modern Art London
In Person, 4 July, 6.30pm. As part of an exclusive preview for Early One Morning - Sculpture Now the artists will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition, discussing their work with curators Iwona Blazwick and Andrea Tarsia.
Next Generations - Current Sculptural Practice in the UK and Beyond, 20 July, 1 - 6pm.
Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm, Wednesdays until 8pm. Open Bank holiday 26 August.
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