Date(s) - 11/12/2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anna Reading | The Pothole
Cross Lane Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018/19 winner Anna Reading.
Installed across a floor of vinyl collages, Anna Reading’s The Pothole presents a series of new sculpture and performance works developed over the past year as the 16th recipient of the major UK award.
Combining layers of surplus commodity materials, including shredded foam, gravel, oyster shells, bitumen, chip forks and cardboard, Reading creates a highly tactile and fragmented environment. Her sculptures appear familiar and puzzling at once, existing between life form and architecture, ancient and futuristic and decay and regeneration.
This new body of work continues the artist’s exploration into the absurd relationship between the organic and the synthetic. Reading’s sculptural structures appear as relics from an unknown future. She combines materials that cling to the sculptures ‘as if they’ve grown there without being cleaned away’, in an attempt to consider ‘what can grow uncontrollably out of moments of destruction and chaos’.
The work is installed across a digitally-collaged vinyl floor composed of Reading’s photographs of the Scottish Isle of Staffa, layering its hexagonal black basalt columns and colonies of white limpets in a disorientating camouflage. The island, for Reading, is at once an ancient sculptural outcrop as well as a host for organic growth.
Traversing sculpture, moving image and performance, Reading’s practice aims to foreground the illogical, the emotional and the sensory. Performances take the form of interactions with objects, simultaneously responding to their affect while also projecting meaning.
Location: Cross Lane Projects, Cross Lane, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5LB
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