I decided to take a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a cultural outing but unintentionally gained some inspiration for the materials & emotions unit and found some new artists to discover.
Ryder’s work includes human, animal and mythological figures, frequently melding forms to combine the attitudes and instincts of each. Anthropomorphic characters are used both to explore the human condition and as a metaphor for Ryder’s own feelings. Over several years she has evolved an ongoing narrative around the female / mother figure of the Lady-Hare; a hybrid with the head of a hare, and its body modelled on Ryder’s own. The Minotaur also features strongly in the artist’s work, often interacting with Lady-Hare in a relationship which even sees them depicted as a family with a child.
I was excited to see the use of anthropomorphism in Ryder's work and how she communicates emotions through all living creatures 'human or animal'. I thought this would be something I would explore and possibly create more empathy for if the horror was put in a human context.
Raqs Media Collective / However Incongruous (2011)
Dürer created the woodcut to mark the arrival of an Indian rhinoceros, named Gainda, in Lisbon, an important event as no other had been seen in Europe for over 1000 years. This being so, he created his impression without ever having seen a rhino, taking information only from descriptions from others.
Initially, this piece spoke to me the most from a visceral level. I thought the piece was beautiful and seeing it in an obvious carousel animal style was unusual but appreciated. I was even more interested to see that this was based off the descriptions of others. I thought this may be an interesting concept in the relation to how we are told livestock lives versus what they suffer on a daily basis.
leo Fitzmaurice / litter (2015)
Highlighting the excessive debris and waste discarded on a daily basis, Litter is a playful interpretation of rubbish bags with their handles tied in such a way that at a glance could be rabbits grazing.
Litter was my favourite piece, as its deception was part of the powerful message. I was wondering whether I could uncover unethical processes in the deceiving manner, as many industries have to hide them from the public eye.
generally deceitful sculpture
Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects
The newest and largest exhibition was that from Tony Cragg who uses a range of materials and mediums to work with. His work was deceptive to the visceral - wooden looking sculptures, were in fact brass. Icy looking sculptures: glass, 'frog spawn' looking aesthetic: hundreds of dice. One thing I enjoyed about the sculpture park was that, from a distance you could see the aesthetic, which would intrigue me to go over, but only on close inspection, could I see the true material and meaning to the artwork. I was particularly blow away by the dice sculpture because of the surprise of the true material on closer inspection when I had originally thought it was stone.
Anya Gallacci0 / blessed (2000)
Ysp.co.uk. (2017). Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Anya Gallaccio, Blessed. [online] Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/anya-gallaccio [Accessed 8 Mar. 2017].
Ysp.co.uk. (2017). Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Sophie Ryder at YSP. [online] Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/sophie-ryder-exhibition [Accessed 8 Mar. 2017].
Ysp.co.uk. (2017). Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Raqs Media Collective: However Incongruous, 2011. [online] Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/open-air/raqs-media-collective-however-incongruous [Accessed 8 Mar. 2017].
Ysp.co.uk. (2017). Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects. [online] Available at: http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/tony-cragg-a-rare-category-of-objects [Accessed 8 Mar. 2017].
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