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Solo show: Laura Ford - Disagreeable People (over)

16 November 2007 until 13 January 2008
  Laura Ford - Disagreeable People
Laura Ford, Hedgehog in Blankets, 2007, bronze, 17.5 x 41.5 x 27.3 cm
  Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

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Disagreeable People

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Disagreeable People comprises a solo exhibition of new work by sculptor Laura Ford from 16 November 2007 to 13 January 2008 to coincide with her one-person show Rag & Bone, commissioned by Turner Contemporary Margate. Rag & Bone continues to the Economist Plaza, London, presented by Contemporary Art Society, from 7 December 2007 to 1 February 2008.

Ford's socially and politically charged figures exist between the realms of fantasy and reality, childhood and adulthood. She works with a variety of materials, often using what is to hand, from fabric and found objects, to more traditional materials such as bronze and plaster.

This latest body of work demonstrates a new development in Ford's practice. For Disagreeable People Ford has created a group of sculptures and drawings based on the children's stories of Beatrix Potter. Laura Ford comments on the parallel worlds that exist in our towns and cities between the shiny spaces of consumerism and the homeless and disenfranchised who often exist on the margins of these spaces. By casting these characters from Edwardian children's tales in distinctly contemporary, urban situations, the appeal of Potter's original stories is overshadowed by a darker and more mundane sentiment.

Houldsworth will also be exhibiting small versions, in bronze, of the critically acclaimed Armour Boys. The larger child-like figures were presented as solo exhibitions at Royal Scottish Academy 2006, the New Art Centre 2007, and Harewood House 2007. Whilst the five contorted figures appear lifeless and discarded, the coats of armour belie their apparent vulnerability.

Laura Ford came to prominence in British Art Show 5 2000 organised by the Hayward Gallery, and she represented Wales at 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, Arnolfini, Bristol, Royal Scottish Academy, and Centre of Contemporary Art, Salamanca. Recent exhibitions also include the ICA, London, the Aldrich, Connecticut, Miami Art Museum, Hayward Gallery, and Rohkunstbau, Germany. Her work is in collections of the Tate, Government Art Collection, New Art Gallery, Walsall, Arts Council, Museum of Art, Iowa, and David Roberts Collection, to name a few.

The exhibition at Houldsworth is presented in collaboration with Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Contemporary Art Society, and The Economist Group. Supported by Arts Council, England, and Kent County Council. Rag and Bone essay written by Morgan Falconer, New York.

Forthcoming exhibitions for Ford include Children in Conflict, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 24 November 2007 to 17 February 2008; Sleeping and Dreaming, Wellcome Trust Gallery, London 29 November 07 to10 March 2008; Laura Ford New Art Centre, Roche Court 16 February to 5 May 2008; and Wanderland at Fundament Foundation, Tilburg 28 June to 28 September 2008.

Laura Ford is represented by Houldsworth, London.

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