Anna Reading: The Pothole

Anna Reading Standpoint Gallery

Standpoint Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018/19 winner Anna Reading.

Installed across a vinyl floor collage, 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 within Standpoint Gallery. The gallery becomes a physically animated space, in which the figure and its surroundings interconnect. Performances will take the form of direct interactions with objects, simultaneously responding to their effect whilst also projecting meaning.

Traversing sculpture, moving image and performance, Reading’s practice addresses the absurd relationship between the organic and the synthetic.  Sculptures appear familiar and puzzling at once, existing between life form & architecture, ancient & futuristic and decay & regeneration. Reading aims to foreground the illogical, the emotional and the sensory.

The Pothole will travel the UK as part of the new MTSA National Touring Programme, bringing exhibitions by winning artists to partner venues across the country. Reading’s new body of work, plus new additions, will tour to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria from 25 October-14 December 2019, and Bury Sculpture Centre, Greater Manchester, from 7 March-20 June 2020. This is a major development for MTSA and will see the winner’s exhibition reaching new audiences across the UK.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is one of the most significant awards for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. It seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.

Reading was selected from 260 applicants from across the UK by a panel comprising Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Cathie Pilkington RA, Frances Richardson MTSA winner 2017-18, and Rebecca Scott, artist and Mark Tanner Trust.

Duration 17 May 2019 - 22 June 2019
Times Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Standpoint Gallery
Address 45 Coronet Street Hoxton London N1 6HD, ,
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