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Rebecca Warren

Foundation Vincent van Gogh, Arles (solo show)
4 March - 17 September 2017

Installation view. Courtesy the artist, Maureen Paley London and Galerie Max Hetzler Paris I Berlin. Photo: © François Deladerrière
Installation view. Courtesy the artist, Maureen Paley London and Galerie Max Hetzler Paris I Berlin. Photo: © François Deladerrière

Rebecca Warren is a sculptor of more or less figurative, more or less expressive forms in clay, bronze and welded steel, and an orchestrator of fragments displayed often but not exclusively within wall-mounted vitrines. She works with an eye to extremes – monstrous excess, alarming paucity – creating a variety of objects that she describes as existing “somewhere on the continuum between pure fleshiness and pure cartoonishness”. Hers is a restless, sometimes contradictory art, the result of sustained contemplation of the creative impulse and the mysterious potency of images and objects.

The way in which Warren’s sculpture resonates with us owes a great deal to her heightened appreciation of framing, placement and context, how her works act and react in combination with each other or within a specific setting. Expectations – principally the assumption that meaning can be distilled from appearance – are skewered. Privileged are the more complex pleasures and peculiarities of looking.

For the entrance courtyard, the artist proposes a sculpture more than three metres in height. Its main section in bronze rises like a slender trunk, misshapen and expressive, from a steel pedestal.

Foundation Vincent van Gogh, Arles