Rachel Rose: Enclosure

Originally co-commissioned by LUMA Arles and the Park Avenue Armory, Enclosure unfolds against the social and political backdrop of the Enclosure movement – the large-scale privatisation of common land that transitioned England from a feudalist to a capitalist society, from an unpolluted landscape to a dramatically industrialised one.

The film’s story follows an imagined cult-like clan of land grifters, called the Famlee, led by Jaccko, a hustler who swindles people into selling him deeds to their land.

Recent, a teenage member of The Famlee, is essential to Jaccko’s hustle, and the film unfolds on Recent and Jaccko’s last predation, while above them looms a mysterious black orb, its inky aura drawing attention to the sky; its otherworldly presence is forebodingly cosmic. Through this imagined landscape, Rose offers insight into how the natural world was perceived at the time, and alludes to the scale of dire, industrial changes soon to come.

At Savile Row, Rose shows her Loops, a new series of sculptures, as well as a new set of paintings, titled Colores. In these works, pastoral landscapes idealised in 18th-century paintings by Gainsborough, Palmer, and Constable serve as the basis for a number of painting techniques Rose developed using pigments and metallic dusts. The weights of the colours, their related dry times, the gravity of the artist developed mediums all work together in minuscule and large scale shifts, unearthing the surreal energies latent in these actual landscapes. The material surrealism of these paintings expresses the mystical dimension of experience of landscape before industrialisation.

The Loop sculptures are composed of one material, silica, in two different states: glass and mineral. Rocks form over millions of years. Rock pulverised becomes sand. Sand heated and blown sets instantaneously and becomes glass. Together, blown glass and rock meet to produce an unnatural superimposition.

Also on at the gallery’s Savile Row space:

2 Savile Row, London W1S 3PA

Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Duration 08 March 2022 - 16 April 2022
Times Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Pilar Corrias
Address 54 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EF
Contact 020 7323 7000 / info@pilarcorrias.com / www.pilarcorrias.com

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