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Gallery Talk: In Conversation with Mike Ward, Director of the Intaglio Stud...
Sat 8 April 2017, 15:00 – 16:30 BST
Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects, and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director, will be in conversation with Mike Ward, Director of the Intaglio Studio at Factum Arte, discussing the new series of prints created by El Anatsui.
Though globally-renowned for his iconic hangings of aluminium bottle-tops, Anatsui’s artistic practice has always been rooted in the discovery of new media. Anatsui’s metal wall sculptures are worked on by a team of assistants who crush, fold and pierce the bottle-tops on tables and on smaller flats of wood. The repetitive and relentless force exerted on these surfaces over many years has resulted in a landscape of textured relief embedded in the worktops. These wooden surfaces were delivered to the studios of Factum Arte together with some bottle-top off-cuts and cassava graters that had been used in earlier works, to serve as the primary source materials for this new series of prints.
This preview exhibition will present a selection of works from the Benchmarks print project and indicate just some of the many new directions being explored in this ever-expanding oeuvre.