Shadowed Forms, Group Exhibition at Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 27 - June 16, 2018
Kevin Francis Gray was invited to curate a group exhibition at Andersen's Contemporary, thus bringing together contemporary work from a group of international artists. At the heart of the exhibition is the loan of an extraordinary and rarely exhibited Barbara Hepworth marble sculpture,entitled Sheltered Form, from 1972. Gray centers the exhibition around this piece, inviting his fellow artists to engage with Hepworth's artistic legacy and her take on 'the figure'. The result is a dynamic and varied group of peers, presenting recent works and engaging, however abstractly, with the representation of the figure. The group, rooted in London, is a microcosm of the megalopolis, with the artists individually hailing from Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Malawi and South Africa, and their works stretching across mediums ranging from marble & bronze to wood, steel, objet trouvé, linen and canvas.
By virtue of having been curated by an artist, whereby each artist's inclusion has been carefully considered before being personally invited to participate, the exhibition presents a sensitivity and thoughtfulness, setting it apart from more traditional curatorial approaches. The participating artists set off on their careers at similar times, and have been peripherally involved in one another's lives and practices, each exhibiting internationally in the last fifteen years, passing each other like ships in the night, before finally coming together to rest on common ground, in a new city. Indeed, this reunion in Copenhagen, a new destination for all involve, is an invitation to regroup and reflect at the mid-career point. As they join forces to scaffold the stunning Hepworth piece, their works pay homage to 'the figure' as art historical narrative and re-assess its relevance for today's viewer.
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Photos by Loïc Thébaud
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Photos by Sam Nandez
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Photos courtesy of Marketplace Gallery