Trickster Figures: Sculpture and the Body

Alice Channer, Soft Sediment Deformation (Granite Bodies), 2020. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Beppe Giardino. Kira Freije, dipping voices, on the side of the sun, 2022. Courtesy the artist and the approach gallery. Photo: Michal Brzezinski. Design: Mark El-khatib


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4 February - 7 May 2023

10am – 5pm

Curated by Jes Fernie

Trickster Figures presents the next chapter in the story of British sculpture, bringing together a selection of work by eleven contemporary artists. The exhibition explores the body’s newly configured relation to the world which involves increasingly fluid movement between binary systems, technology, human forms, animals, identities, and the environment.

Encompassing sculpture in its widest sense, the exhibition includes play, touch and sound. Works made from crab shells, tree roots, shopping bags, and hosiery sit alongside a dance floor and a water fountain. Discover elements that change and grow, sculptures that are made to be worn, and things that will never be finished.

“There is a leakage, a seepage in these works. Many of them allude to bodies or systems that relate to bodies. Jealous bodies, broken bodies, fossilised bodies, vulnerable, contaminated bodies. There is also love, tenderness, glamour, and compulsion.” Jes Fernie

Saelia Aparicio, Alice Channer, Jesse Darling, Nicolas Deshayes, Kira Freije, Siobhán Hapaska, Nnena Kalu, Joe Namy, Harold Offeh, Ro Robertson, Vanessa da Silva

Trickster Figures is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, essay by Francis Whorrall-Campbell supported by the Association for Art History.