Exhibiton view, courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London / photo: Virginie Schreyen
15/04/2012 - 17/06/2012
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. Always evident in Warren’s sculpture is the negotiation between thought and process. Ideas (about authorship and authenticity) and influences (literary, psychological and pop cultural reference in addition to variously audible echoes from art history) are filtered, distorted and often discarded as they find three dimensional form.
The exhibition at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens presents work of Rebecca Warren in Belgium for the first time. Warren has recently shown at the Venice Biennale (2011), the Renaissance Society (2010), the Art Institute of Chicago (2010), and the Serpentine Gallery in London (2009); she lives and works in London.