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Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago - Special Exhibition

31 July - 27 January 2013

The second exhibition in the Next Modern series showcases the work of British-born sculptor Thomas Houseago, whose large-scale bronze, Hermaphrodite, stands in the Centre's west end Sculpture Garden.

Houseago is one of the most significant contemporary artists working today, and his sculpture resonates with many of the works in the Sainsbury Collection. His reference points are surprising and far-reaching, encompassing popular culture, animation and film as well as the sculptural tradition of artists such as Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.

Using wood, clay, hessian, plaster and bronze, Houseago creates work that is raw and visceral, and a reminder of the power of figurative art. His practice demonstrates his interest in traditional materials and techniques, with remnants of the making process often visible, from indentations of the artist's tools to exposed metal rods. The exhibition will contain a selection of sculptures from bronzes to more fragile plaster works, inside the Centre and outside in the Sculpture Garden.

Born in Leeds in 1972, Houseago lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been shown in two recent solo exhibitions: The Beat of the Show at Inverleith House, Edinburgh and What Went Down in Germany, France and the UK.

Admission is free

Below: Houseago's Hermaphrodite, stands in the Centre's west end Sculpture Garden.


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