Focalizando en la investigación de proyectos que establecen vínculos entre los elementos constitutivos, con especial atención en la luz y el color para componer el eje del relato de sus obras, el artista plantea instalaciones donde la escultura es un recurso para explorar la relación establecida entre el espacio y los objetos.
Bijl tackles a vast array of subjects through his interventions, ranging from entertainment and fashion to illness, politics, utopias, and ideals, as well as a considerable emotional spectrum, veering from melancholy, dread, and boredom to hilarity.
ARBROATH, SCOTLAND Hospitalfield A small cartoon boy stands on a sketchy sculpture of a reclining figure, while a girl reaches out to touch the figure’s head. A man, presumably dad, looks on—not at his actively curious children but at the flattened approximation of a Henry Moore.
Over the course of a remarkable career, Argentinian artist Luciana Lamothe has developed interactive installations of monumental proportions in which architecture, design, and structural tension lead viewers on dynamic journeys that reflect on material stability.
WEST BRETTON, WAKEFIELD, U.K. Yorkshire Sculpture Park “Breaking the Mould” features the work of 50 postwar female sculptors—from early examples by Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Karin Jonzen, and Rosemary Young to recent pieces by Phyllida Barlow, Holly Hendry, Jessie Flood-Paddock, and Grace Schwindt—all selected from the Arts Council Collection, which holds around 250 sculptures by more than 150 women.
Glasgow-based Karla Black is known for boundary-pushing experiments with materials, both conventional and less so. Though her installations employing toothpaste, cosmetics, and powdered custard might come to mind first, plaster powder—albeit frequently in raw form—remains her primary medium.
BRISTOL, U.K. Spike Island “Along a Spectrum,” Veronica Ryan’s most ambitious U.K. show to date (on view through September 5, 2021), features a new body of work created during a two-year residency at Spike Island. Viewers entering the light and airy gallery space encounter a beguiling array of forms, many held within sumptuously colored netting in shades of orange, yellow, and lime-green.
Jamie Hamilton’s work encompasses photography, drawing, high-wire walking, and, of course, sculpture. His large-scale, site-specific installations (2012) for the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, incorporated nylon webbing and steel poles, creating forms suggestive of both interplanetary travel and the complexities of erotic attraction.
PITTSBURGH The Frick Art Museum The Frick Art Museum, located on the Pittsburgh estate of the late-19th-century coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, was founded in 1970 by his daughter Helen to house her collection of European fine and decorative arts. This rich setting provides a perfect context for War and Pieces (on view through September 5, 2021), an installation originally created by Dutch ceramics-conservator-turned-artist Bouke de Vries for the Holburne Museum in Bath, England.
LONDON London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE For “Forest on Fire,” the sixth iteration of the project, Lucy Skaer, whose practice draws on history, art history, archaeology, and nature, drew inspiration from the Tauroctony (bull slaying) at the heart of the Mithraic cult and from walks through the surrounding district of London, redolent, as she explained in an online talk, with the history of the animal trade.