Ruth Claxton, Specular Spectacular (Palm Reader) 2012, found ceramic figurine, mirrored blown glass, 35 x 40 x 20 cm
Photo by Stuart Whipps
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to host Ruth Claxton's first solo exhibition in London. Claxton will present a new installation, Specular Spectacular (Cheryl, Jo, Joanne, Elinor, Claire, Anna), made specifically for the gallery. Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery. Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself. Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
Ruth Claxton was awarded the 2012 Arts Foundation Sculpture Fellowship. She was commissioned to make a site-specific installation for the Guangzhou Triennial 2012, China, and has recently completed a permanent sculptural installation for the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, acquired by the Contemporary Art Society, London. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Spike Island, Bristol; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales; Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva; and Ingleby, Edinburgh. Other shows and projects include Undone, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Remake, Remodel, National Glass Centre, Sunderland; The Figurine Dialogue, Crystal Palace, Stockholm; Known Unknowns, Gallery Loop, Seoul; Daybreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; and An Archaeology, Zabludowicz Collection, London. She has completed public art works for Situations (Wonders of Weston, Weston-super-Mare) and Meadow Arts (House of Beasts, Attingham Park).
Ruth Claxton in Conversation with Sally Shaw, Head of Programme, Modern Art Oxford
Thursday 27 June, 6.30 pm for 7 pm
Ninth in the series of 'In Conversations' at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, artist Ruth Claxton is in discussion with Sally Shaw, Head of Programme, Modern Art Oxford, talking about Claxton's new installation, Specular Spectacular (Cheryl, Jo, Joanne, Elinor, Claire, Anna).
Sally Shaw is currently Head of Programme at Modern Art Oxford. Previously, she was Deputy Head of the Mayor of London's Culture team, which involved projects such as overseeing the Fourth Plinth programme and commissioning a series of high profile contemporary artworks for the London 2012 Festival. Between 2006-10 Sally was a Curator for Art on the Underground, where she implemented a range of strategic programmes across the capital.