Mandrake Tango: works 1992-2002.
The Fine Art Center, University of Massachusetts, USA .
13 September - 20 October 2002.
Liz Rideal: Mandrake Tango/Works 1992-2002 presents the work of this British artist who, for the past 15 years, has made the photo-booth her primary means of expression. She creates sensuous abstractions constructed from the photo-booth strips or will sometimes enlarge certain sections of the strips into multi-paneled photographic murals. The images are either of variously colored and textured fabrics that Rideal tosses into the booth while the camera shoots the material’s fluttering downward sequence, or of arrangements—and rearrangements—of floral and vegetal matter. In addition to a selection of her photographic pieces, examples of the artist’s monotypes will be exhibited in juxtaposition to her most recent venture into the sculptural medium, which consists of small bronze casts of upside-down roots. Rideal uniquely combines a number of methods and interests from past sources such as Surrealism’s fascination with the machine, an intentional invitation to the contributions of random chance and found objects, the minimalist proclivity towards the grid format, and post-minimalism’s swerve toward process and the mutable. However, Rideal’s work speaks less of a concern with the means engaged or the integrity of the material, and more of the distillation of those means and that material into a sense of the purely luscious. This sense is summoned in part from our associations with fabric—its presence usually signifies something forbidden or exclusive, anticipated or magical. Even more entrancing is its role to cover and reveal simultaneously.
|Title:||Mandrake Tango: works 1992-2002|
|Location:||The Fine Art Center, University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Dates:||13 September - 20 October 2002|
|Additional information:||New body of sculptures, monotypes and photographs premiered in conjunction with a retrospective of early work.|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Slade School of Fine Art|
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