7 December 2012 – 24 February 2013
‘Liberty and Anarchy’ rains down in a colourful display at Leeds Art Gallery with the first UK solo exhibition for more than a decade by Australian artist, Nike Savvas.
‘Liberty and Anarchy’, the first major UK solo show in over ten years by Australian artist Nike Savvas, opens on 7 December at Leeds Art Gallery and will include the UK premiere of several new works.
A central installation, eponymous piece ‘Liberty and Anarchy’ will take over the largest gallery and will involve 18 large screens which hold hundreds of individually placed, taut plastic, brightly coloured ribbons. The installation can only be fully appreciated in person as it creates a three-dimensional moiré effect.
Small group tours into the Liberty and Anarchy installation in the White Gallery are offered at 11am (except Wednesdays and Sundays) and at other times as staffing levels permit. Please ask at the entrance desk on arrival.
Savvas, 48, is best known for the internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder’(2005, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne) in which thousands of brightly coloured polystyrene balls were suspended in the gallery, shimmering gently in the breeze of carefully positioned fans, but which could only be viewed from a distance. Playing with the creation of an all-encompassing installation version of a moiré painting, ‘Liberty and Anarchy’ will allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the colours, movement and depth which have become synonymous with her installations.
In a second gallery space at Leeds Art Gallery, Savvas will premiere eight 3D geometric shapes of varying sizes made from wood, which have only previously been exhibited in her home country, Australia. The shapes, some of which are split open whilst others remain complete, have been designed and crafted according to a meticulously worked mathematic formula. Savvas then uses wool and steel to create her own unique moiré motif on the surfaces of the shapes, a bespoke design which took a year to develop. Alongside these structures, seven moiré black and white paintings use the same mathematic formula, and are in effect, painted representations of the 3D shapes.
Sarah Brown, Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery commented: “I’ve wanted to do a show with Nike for a while as she’s well known in her native Australia, but less so in the UK and her work is so wonderfully accessible, fun and engaging. I am always keen to make each exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery bespoke and we have given Nike the freedom to work on a much larger scale than she has before. ‘Liberty and Anarchy’ assaults you before you’ve even had a chance to think about what you’re seeing. It pushes Nike’s practice to a new level and invites our visitors to both experience and interact with the work”
A monograph by Black Dog Publishing from Nike Savvas 'Full of Love Full of Wonder', will be launched during the exhibition. Signed copies by the artist will be available from the gallery shop at £24.95.
Nike Savvas was awarded the Australia Council Fellowship in 2010 and her work is part of collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia, and in the Cyprus Ministry of Culture Collection. She splits her time between Australia, Cyprus and the UK and has shown extensively across the World including at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Camden Art Centre London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and for the 11th Triennale of India, Dehli.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image above courtesy the artist.
Nike Savvas | Sliding Ladder
Sliding Ladder: Truncated Icosahedron #1
wood, wool and steel, 130 x 130 cm