Eva Rothschild rappresenta l'Irlanda alla Biennale di Venezia col progetto The Shrinking Universe.
The Shrinking Universe
Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
May 11–November 24, 2019
Pre-opening: May 8–10
Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
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Irish artist Eva Rothschild has created an ambitious and immersive exhibition for the Irish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Continuing her exploration of sculptural presence, Rothschild presents a physical environment which materially resonates with current political concerns and our ongoing sense of global uncertainty.
Curated by Mary Cremin, The Shrinking Universe consists of four works made up of multiple elements
Drift (2019), a wall of cast concrete blocks painted in Rothschild’s signature geometric forms, is architectural and foreboding, its position controlling our entry to the space. Heaped against this wall we find a mass of cast forms hovering between the referential and the abstract, alluding to both geographical forces and the disposable nature of consumable materials.
In Amphi (2019) a series of cast polystyrene blocks are pushed together, pockmarked and graffitied they are reminiscent of a temporary road block or barricade. The viewer is invited to engage with this social sculpture, to climb and to sit, to directly encounter the piece and to become both spectator and participant, actively present within the work.
From this viewpoint Princess (2019) rises from a base of cast columns at the centre of the pavilion, its triangular forms stretching high above the ground and forcing our eyes to trace its precarious and optimistic progression. The sculpture rests on waxed fabric crash mats, demarcating a space of safety around the sculpture, but failing to fully contain it as it meanders beyond its boundaries into the surrounding space. Both Amphi and the truncated columns reference the ruins of past civilizations, while the antic triangular elements of Princess attempt a progressive geometric escape from their earthbound forms.
In the midst of this sculptural activity, Rothschild’s Spektor (2019), a cast bronze of towering head-like forms, acts as a sentinel or ghostly presence: a watcher by the gates coolly observing the other works.
Rothschild’s works are dynamically active, unapologetically monumental and bold. Expanding on the artistic lexicon of process, form, scale and materiality, Rothschild creates her own unique sculptural language. The Shrinking Universe is an invitation to look, to be attentive to your surroundings and most of all to be present with the work.
Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland.
Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971 and lives and works in London. She has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009) and Public Art Fund, New York (2011). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at City Gallery, Wellington (2019); The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018); The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2016–17); The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007); and the Kunstalle Zürich, Zürich (2004). Rothschild’s 2011 solo Hot Touch was the inaugural exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. In 2014 Rothschild was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London.
Mary Cremin is the Director of Void Gallery, Derry. Prior to this, she was Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Co-Artistic Director of The Treeline Project and Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Cremin has worked with artists including Douglas Gordon, Rosa Barba, Johan Grimonprez and Kader Attia, and has commissioned works by artists including Helen Cammock and Alex Cecchetti. She has produced large-scale exhibitions and commissions such as Eileen Gray, (2013), and Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Cremin has written for exhibition catalogues and artists books, and is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.