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The Sculpture Collections: Anne Hardy
22 Mar 2018 - 20 May 2018
The Sculpture Collections joins the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery in one of our most expansive and ambitious displays to date. Henry Moore had laid the foundation stone for Leeds Art Gallery’s Sculpture Galleries in 1980, and to this day, sculpture has played a significant role in the cultural life of the city.
The Sculpture Collections celebrates the partnership between Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. Visitors can explore works spanning fourteen exhibition spaces with over 125 sculptures and 75 framed works from the eighteenth century to the present day as well as new acquisitions including an ambitious new installation by artist Anne Hardy.
Leeds Art Gallery presents a new large-scale FIELD work: Falling and Walking [phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhh crrhhhzzz mn huaooogh], (2017) by artist Anne Hardy. This immersive ‘walk in’ work incorporates audio, sculptural structures, objects, colour, light and is exhibited in Leeds for the first time.
Hardy is known for her large-scale installations where sound, objects, light, colour and drawing seem to take on a life of their own. She invites us to enter a ‘sentient space’ and to experience a work of art that slowly evolves around us. Materials can appear concrete and familiar but everything feels slightly unreal. We are immersed in an artwork, which speaks to all our senses.
The environments Anne Hardy constructs hover between depiction and abstraction — staging our encounters with these spaces through careful composition of physical and audio landscapes and precisely coordinated perspectives, which immerse us in a space that is at once functional and illusory.
Hardy finds many of the materials, objects and sounds for her FIELD works on the street: things that have been discarded and have lost their original function. They have become essentially ‘ambiguous’ in the sense that they have the possibility of containing two or more ideas simultaneously. Hardy thinks about space in the same way; places can be both strange and familiar, floating between the real and the imaginary. They have something magical — something we have to experience but which is also hard to define. In Hardy’s own words: “they make us aware of ‘the slippery nature’ of our perception of the world.”
Image: Anne Hardy, 'Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh)' 2017 (detail). Commissioned by Art Night and The Contemporary Art Society. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.
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