David Batchelor, Anatomy Lesson 3 2013, mixed media, 45 x 45 x 45 cm
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present a new commission for The Box by London based Scottish artist David Batchelor from 25 January to 2 March 2013. Batchelor is well known for his study and exploration of colour through his three-dimensional works, photographs, paintings, drawings and writings. Here, he presents a new sculpture, Anatomy Lesson 3, which relates to an occasional series of work that he makes using soft toys found in the street. A dilapidated teddy hangs from a thin metal wire, rotating eerily slowly via a mirror ball motor. Playing with the perpetual optimism of this device, this bear is obsessively peppered with coloured jewels.
Anatomy Lesson 3, 2012, has been made especially for The Box, a micro project space consisting of a floating white cube set inside a black vertical opening. The Box is a unique architectural space through which the gallery facilitates new projects with important emerging and established artists. Other recent commissions include Ai Weiwei, Martha Rosler, Daniel Arsham and Olaf Breuning.
David Batchelor's solo exhibitions include those at Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Galeria Leme, São Paulo; Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Liverpool, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, London, White Cube, London, New Art Gallery, Walsall, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His work is in important collections including the Saatchi Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, the British Council, the Government Art Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, and Tate Britain. Batchelor will have a major solo exhibition, Flatlands, curated by Andrea Schlieker, later this year at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, and his work will also be included in Light Show, alongside Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, and Jenny Holzer at the Hayward Gallery, opening later this month.
David Batchelor has written and edited several books including Minimalism (1998), Tate Publishing; Chromophobia, published by Reaktion Books, London (2000), and now available in eight languages; Colour (2008), Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and most recently Found Monochromes: vol.1, nos.1-250 (2010), published by Ridinghouse, London.