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Saturday 02 September 2017

Excess: Large Scale Sculptures Inspired By Prince Regent Created For Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

British artist Laura Ford has been commissioned by House Biennial, to create a newexhibition of works for the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

Sculptures will include a giant giraffe, like the one the Prince Regent kept in the city, and a'man baby'  sculpture, inspired by the Royal himself. 

A King's Appetite takes inspiration from the Royal Pavilion & Museums collections, including caricatures by James Gillray and George Cruikshank, satirising aspects of the life of the Prince Regent (later to become King George IV), and imagery found in the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery. The work also responds to the House Biennial theme of'Excess'
 
Ford's work always shows a curiosity with the human condition and wider social and political issues and often mixes the bitter-sweet with wit. 

These new works explore socio-political notions of excess, greed and indulgence and the Imperialist attitudes they reflect. 

Her works are also always carefully crafted and this commission includes works made in arange of media including ceramics, sewn textiles and plaster, to create sculptures that are both rich in narrative and visually enticing.

As the commission's title A King's Appetite suggests, the imagery found in the new works relates to contemporary issues pertinent to Excess, the theme of this year's House Biennial, looking at the subsequent inequalities of both the Regency period and of society today.

Laura Ford said: "It's a great honour to be invited to participate in this year's House biennial, a dynamic event that brings together so many interesting artists and ideas. 

"I am excited to have the opportunity to develop new work in response to The Royal Pavilion which offers me, as a sculptor, such a rich diversity of visual, cultural and sociological stimulation. 

"Lavishness, absurdity, hubris and humanity are all on show in dizzying proportions. In response, I plan to make a group of large sculptures which will take as their starting point the savage political cartoons and caricatures which were aimed at George IV during his lifetime."

The exhibition, along with the rest of by House Biennial runs 30 September – 5 November 2017 across the city of Brighton and Hove.CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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