Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
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Two exhibitions
dal 16/10/2003 al 29/2/2004
01924 832515 FAX 01924 832600
Segnalato da

Janice Cox


Eduardo Chillida
Jenny West

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Two exhibitions

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Eduardo Chillida: Sculpture 1972-2000. The exhibition is the first major survey of Chillida's work since the Hayward Gallery retrospective in 1990. It is also the first opportunity in this country to see his sculptures in the open air. Jenny West: Entrance. West will create a site-specific installation. The title refers to the building as gateway to the park, but also to the state of entrancement, being held under a spell of wonderment.

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Eduardo Chillida: Sculpture 1972-2000
18 October 2003 - 29 February 2004
Private view: 17 October 2003

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is proud to announce a major exhibition of work by Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002), one of Spain's most eminent twentieth century artists. The exhibition, which opens 18 October 2003 until 29 February 2004, is the first major survey of Chillida's work since the Hayward Gallery retrospective in 1990. It is also the first opportunity in this country to see his sculptures in the open air.

Monumental and medium-sized sculptures will be displayed in the landscape, complemented by stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, graphics and works on paper in the galleries. The indoor display will also include models and photographs of Chillida's great public sculptures including Comb of the Wind and Gernika.

Chillida was born and spent most of his life in San Sebastian, North-West Spain. He was extremely proud of his Basque roots and began his life as a professional footballer. As a young man he was a local hero, playing in goal for the San Sebastian team Real Sociedad, but as a result of injury, turned from football to study architecture and eventually to sculpture. Chillida asserted many connections between football and sculpture; each discipline requiring an instinctive insight into time and space.

Knowledge of the laws of structure, derived through architecture, were fundamental in Chillida's work. The shared architectural and sculptural concerns of space, scale and volume are evident in many works in the exhibition which demand physical involvement and interaction. They are an exploration between outer and inner space, the solid and the void.

Chillida's outdoor work dominates and consumes the space it occupies. Each piece has a solidity and formidable weight. His sculpture is also deeply connected to the culture and landscape of his native Basque region. Comb of the Wind XVII 1990 is related to his great public work in San Sebastian, whose gigantic steel claws, embedded into the rocky coastline, provide a link between the land and the unrelenting forces of the ocean. Leon Arkus stated:
Chillida's sculptures are without dimension. We have seen far larger sculptures, but none that could so ably assert themselves against the whole Atlantic Ocean.
The sculptures not only relate to landscape, they give the landscape definition, reminding us of human intervention by x{2018}paying homage to both man and nature in the same sculpture'.- critic James Johnson Sweeney

Although public sculpture became an increasingly important aspect of Chillida's work, he never made a public sculpture in the UK. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a survey of work by this influential artist and a reassessment of his sculpture since his death in 2002.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has worked closely with the Chillida family and Chillida Foundation to organise this exhibition. A YSP publication featuring Chillida's poetry and other quotations will be produced to coincide with the exhibition.

For further information please contact Janice Cox, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG. t 01924 832515, f 01924 832600

Jenny West:Entrance
YSP Centre
18 October - February 2004
Private View 17 October

Jenny West will create a site-specific installation in the RIBA-award winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park Centre. The title - Entrance - refers to the building as gateway to the park, but also to the state of entrancement, being held under a spell of wonderment.

West creates work that springs from the concept and process of drawing. She often works directly onto the wall, sometimes preparing the surface with gesso to create a seamless ground. Her drawings make reference to domestic objects like funnels and sieves, but also explore the mathematical precision of perspective and geometric shape. These subtle and enigmatic drawings are then extended into space using taught thread: an investigation that West will particularly develop for this new installation.

Referring directly to the architectural surroundings, her work has a subtle but powerful impact on the place it occupies. West is particularly conscious of an architect's vision for a building, and responds to the light and function of the space. Her installations are not imposing, but rather draw attention to hidden spaces or details within a building.

Like a drawing on paper, Jenny West's installation for the Centre will develop as she makes this new work - it will be drawn, erased and redrawn as her ideas become fixed. Drawing in the YSP Centre is linked to change and flux, allowing shifts in form as a final installation is realised.

Influence is a strong force in West's work: in a residency at the Whitworth Art Gallery in the 1980s, West produced drawings that related to the observatories in Jaipur and Delhi. She makes reference to Japanese art, architecture and philosophy; the historical Renaissance investigation of perspective, light and drawing methods; and also the writing and art of Joseph Beuys and Marcel Duchamp. Found objects, too, influence her work, and these are directly acknowledged in the forms that her work takes.

During her AHRB Research Fellowship in Creative Art at Loughborough University, Jenny West has been visiting and working at YSP. Using the Camellia House and Bretton Chapel as buildings to test her research, locating Entrance in the Centre will now greet all visitors to the park.

A YSP publication will be available with texts by Lynne Green, Jenny West and Alex Hodby, Jane Tormey and Clare Lilley. The publication has been generously supported by the School of Art and Design at Loughborough University.

For further information and images please contact Alex Hodby, Assistant Curator: 01924 832512, or Janice Cox, Marketing Officer: 01924 832515.

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