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El Anatsui : Material Wonder 🌐

Du 28 février au 6 avril 2019

October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
WC1N 3AL London

Sculptures de métal accompagnées par une série de gravures réalisées en collaboration avec Factum Arte, Madrid.

A travers sa longue carrière, El Anatsui a exploré toutes sortes de matériaux (ciment, céramique, bois). Aujourd’hui il est célèbre pour ses rideaux composés de milliers de capsules d’aluminium, reliées les unes aux autres.

The metal wall sculptures will also be accompanied by a series of prints made in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid. El Anatsui has always been fascinated by the physical history of the materials he uses and the journeys they undergo. The basic materials for his ‘fabrics’ are made by a team of assistants, who cut and pierce the aluminium strips on tables and smaller wooden ‘flats.’ After years of repetitive pricking and piercing, these wooden worktops present a scored landscape of textured relief. Using Factum Arte’s cutting-edge, 3-D scanning and plate-making technologies, these scarred surfaces are translated into printing plates. Given Factum Arte’s expertise in traditional printmaking, the resulting prints encapsulate the hidden histories of the making of the aluminium works. The very fabrication process itself is thereby ‘recycled’ into a major new series of prints by El Anatsui.

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