Thursday, 23 November 2017

negative spaces & the Turner Prize

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize back in 1993, nine years after it started.  Whiteread is known for making sculptures from negative spaces:  the space beneath chairs, the space inside baths & sinks, the space inside a Victorian House...  She makes tangible, absences and by doing so we're left with the impression of a ghost or trace of what wasn't there to start with.

"House" 1993 - 94 Grove Rd Bow London

"House" 1993 - 94 Grove Rd Bow London

Untitled (One-Hundred Spaces) 1995 resin, 100 units, dimensions variable

Monument, 2001
Resin and granite
354 5/16 x 200 13/16 x 94 1/2 inches (900 x 510 x 240 cm)

Installation at Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

We looked at negative spaces and drew chairs using this approach.  Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera so empty spaces here, instead of images of our work!

This year's Turner Prize is announced on 5th December.  I'm rooting for Lubaina Himid not only the first person over 60 to be nominated but a Preston based artist too.

Lubaina Himid
Naming the Money 2004
Installation view of Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol 2017
Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool
Photo: Stuart Whipps

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