Predominantly incorporating cast objects, Eva Rothschild’s works currently on view at The Modern Institute include a number of motifs common in the artist’s work, such as beading, geometric shapes supported on metal stands and columns as well as the use of a particular colour spectrum. Brought together the installed works are in direct dialogue with the volumes of the gallery space.
Exhibited works include Felix, an afghan rug coated in resin, its wool fringes still visible. The new work, Romans is a freestanding arch, constructed from rolls of various tape cast in jesmonite with two beaded heads. Lasso, resembles a coiled rope hung on the wall, and is hooped in green, red and black. Tombstones, a tower of jesmonite pyramidal casts, are balanced end to end, with coloured felt in between each volume, and The Lady Vanishes is a pillar of cast cubes containing cast cactus.
Creating works in the tradition of minimalism, Rothschild adds and then pares back references to culture, history and symbol, to build ‘complex webs of precedents and associations’ in which we all share and recognise, but that can also be odd and disconcerting. Her works balance, stack, wrap and knot, materials around geometric shapes and structures, and occasionally include recognisable motifs. Rothschild has described her quest for ‘intrinsic rightness’ and ‘presence’ equally when making works and exhibitions of works; balancing shapes and materials within sculptures, and sculptures within architectural space and volume. Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield has written – “Interlocking, stacked and floating forms create a magician’s sense of theatre, or evoke a game whose rules we don’t yet understand, as if we were children once again.”
until July 7, 2012
Eva Rothschild, Felix, 2010
Eva Rothschild, Felix (detail), 2010
Eva Rothschild, Tombstones, 2011
Eva Rothschild, The Lady Vanishes, 2012
Eva Rothschild, Primary, 2012
Eva Rothschild, Bad Atom, 2012
Eva Rothschild, Lasso, 2012
Eva Rothschild, Romans (Arch) (detail), 2012
Eva Rothschild, Romans (Arch), 2012
Eva Rothschild, Classics, 2012
Courtesy of The Modern Institute, Glasgow