Outdoor Works brings together a selection of sculptures by Doug Aitken, Sam Falls, Dan Graham, Jeppe Hein, Alicja Kwade and Eva Rothschild.
The artists in this exhibition push the boundaries of contemporary art making, often combining medium and expansive vision to create large-scale and site-specific works that mystify and disrupt the surrounding landscape or public city space. This exhibition explores the ways in which these outdoor sculptures interact with the natural and built environment. Form and material sometimes mimic natural phenomena, and appear to coalesce or starkly contrast the surrounding habitat- like totems that offer an unexpected encounter within an existing view. Outdoor Works highlights the nuance of such accessible works, from meditative contemplations of space, time and the natural world, to playful engagements best explored with childlike imagination.
Doug Aitken is an artist who defies definitions of genre. He explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation electric earth. Aitken's awards include the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts, the 2017 inaugural Frontier Art Prize and the 2019 ArtCenter College of Design Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sam Falls works intimately with the core precepts of photography –namely time, representation, and exposure – to create works that both bridge the gap between various artistic mediums and the divide between the artist, object, and viewer. Working symbiotically with nature and the elements, Falls's artworks are engrained with a sense of place indexical to the unique environment of their creation while imbued with a universal sense of mortality. With a reverence toward art history, Falls empathetically blurs the lines between artistic genres and practices, from modern dance and minimalist painting to conceptual photography and land art, boiling it down to the fundamentals of nature and the transience of life that art best addresses.
Dan Graham was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1942 and grew up in New Jersey. Since the 1960s, Graham’s work has explored the meeting between architecture, pop culture, and our built environment. Celebrated for his glass and mirror pavilions, Graham also considers himself a writer-artist paramount to his practice. His work incorporates criticism, photography, video, performance art, as well as influences from music and magazine pages. Important solo exhibitions include The Renaissance Society (1981), Chicago; Kunsthalle Bern (1983), and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1997). One of the most important quasi-functional works that Graham has done was a design for the mezzanine section of the Hayward Gallery in London, involving displays of classic and contemporary cartoons for children and adults of all ages. He has participated in various Documenta exhibitions; Skulptur Muenster, as well as two important Venice Biennials. Dan Graham lives and works in New York.
Jeppe Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humor, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Jeppe Hein’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space.
Alicja Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video and even photography. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Dallas Contemporary; Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona; ESPOO Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; YUZ Museum, Shanghai; de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt/Main; Haus am Waldsee Berlin; and on the occasion of the award ceremony of the Hectorpreis 2015, at Kunsthalle Mannheim.
Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Kosmos,’ Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne; 'Alternative to Power,' The New Art Gallery, Walsall; 'A Gated Community,' Sonnaveld House, Rotterdam; Hugh Lane Museum, Dublin; 'Sightings', Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and 'Hot Touch,' Hepworth Wakefield and Kunstverein Hannover. In June 2017, Rothschild’s work, Empire, (2011) was unveiled at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as part of the redeveloped Walker Art Center campus, marking her first permanent outdoor work in the United States. Her work is included in the collections of Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The artist lives and works in London.