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Every so often, the Serpentine Gallery snags itself a truly interesting artist. The last one was Anthony McCall in late 2007/early 2008, whose beams of solid light shot across the dark interior as if from a film projector.

This spring, Rebecca Warren is set to draw in the crowds with her clay sculptures of naked bodies. The londonpaper today accurately described them as “lusty”. Warren depict women’s bodies as if she were a Viz cartoonist. Our attention is always drawn to particular areas (usually the boobs, or bum).

Image courtesy of Maureen Paley, London © 2009 Rebecca Warren

Rebecca Warren: Helmut Crumb (1998)

Parallels to Degas (Little Dancer Aged 14) are easily drawn, but Warren takes the tradition of sculpting the body and turns it on its head. Her clay is always rough and sharp, removing the smooth sensuality associated with marble and bronze sculptures. They are sexy, but they do not idolise. 

Recently, Charlotte Roche’s book Wetlands caused a furore because it explains, in some detail, one woman’s experience with sex, and with having hemorrhoids. Warren’s sculptures tap into this (shocking) idea of treating women as normal, sexual beings.

Read the Telegraph’s review HERE

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For once, I agree with Jonathan Jones: The new public art commission in south east England, dubbed the Angel of the South, is a monstrosity.

Angel of the South

Mark Wallinger: Ebbsfleet Landmark Project (Angel of the South)

Costing £2m, Mark Wallinger’s giant white horse will be approximately 164ft (50m) tall – twice as big as its counterpart, the Angel of the North, which was designed by Antony Gormley and completed in 1998. The BBC announced today that former Turner Prize winner Wallinger’s design for the southern sculpture had been selected from a shortlist of three.
Out of Order

Richard Deacon: Individual

The other two artists were Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon.

Why they didn’t choose Deacon is beyond me. Although the white horse is an ancient symbol of Kent, Richard Deacon’s organic forms would have rivalled Gormley’s 
powerful sculpture in a way that Wallinger’s horse cannot.

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Brad Downey‘s first solo show, “An Honest Thief”, opened at the StolenSpace Gallery in Dray Walk, east London, on Thursday. Downey uses film, sculpture, painting and drawing to interpret the urban landscape. On one wall of the gallery is Animals That Crossed (2007 – current), a series of animals skins, spread out like miniature rugs or arty roadkill.

Continuing the road theme, The B in Brad (2007) dominates the room. According to the artist, this sculpture of signs represents the “multitudes of signals and systems that govern our cities and imperceptibly determine our everyday movement”.

Downey was named as one of the ArtReview 25 MA graduates to watch in 2005.

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Amaia Allende's fish heads preserved in salt

Amaia Allende's fish heads preserved in salt

 

The first solo show of sculptor Amaia Allende, “Out of Sorts”, opened last week at the Tatty Devine boutique and gallery space in Brick Lane, east London. Allende claims to tackle the “subject of belonging” by assembling similar everyday items into tidy rows. By the front door, some sort of green pear-like fruits line up on a narrow shelf. Poking out of the top are long strands of polyester blond hair, which make them look like a family of Mrs Pear Heads. So they belong together, you see, while at the same time having individual personalities (because of the hair).

Rows of fish heads preserved in salt peer out from a long black board mounted on the gallery wall like hunting trophies. Next to them, cast copies of ripe oranges burrow into blocks of dark red velvet, as if victims of a bloody fruit massacre. It looks suspiciously like she has emptied her kitchen bin around the shop.

For the full article, please visit Amelia’s Magazine.

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