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Haunch of Venison presents a new site-
In this exhibition, and frequently in her work, Vasconcelos incorporates objects and materials from daily life into large, intricate and colourful assemblages that explore issues of identity, politics of gender, religion, class and nationality.
In the first gallery space is Full Steam Ahead (Red #1), a sculpture constructed in the shape of a water lily with a steam iron in place of each petal. The petals of the sculpture open and close, mimicking the movement of a real flower, emitting steam as the iron plates reach vertical position.
The second and third galleries are filled with giant constructivist-
Exhibition October 10 –November 17, 2012. Haunch of Venison, 103 New Bond Street – London WIS IST (Royaume Uni). Tel. : +44 (0)20 7495 5050. Opening Mon -
In the upper gallery a large textile form, covered in a patchwork of traditional Portuguese fabrics, is suspended from the skylight, with huge tendrils that trail up the gallery’s staircase from the gallery below conjoining with the sculptural forms in the second and third galleries. The work, titled Valkyrie Crown, celebrates monarchy and in particular the British Monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II in her Jubilee year. The work is part of the Valkyrie series, started in 2004, that references a Norse mythological female character that decides who lives or dies in battle. This series of sculptures combine issues of nationality and womanhood, themes that are fundamental to Vasconcelos’ work.
Joana Vasconcelos, Full Steam Ahead (Red #1)
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