LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- SculptureCenter
announces Anthea Hamilton featuring new and existing works for her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Investigating cultural appropriation and pop culture, Hamilton mines countercultures in music, fashion, and design (such as disco in the 1970s) and their entrance into the mainstream. Hamilton questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media in her sculptures and videos.
A centerpiece of her exhibition at SculptureCenter, Project for door, is a new commission inspired by a model made by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce in 1972. Originally intended to be a doorway for a Manhattan skyscraper, the work was never realized. Composed of a mans naked bottom, people would pass between his legs, which framed a doorway. In Hamiltons version, she has reinterpreted the model, creating a large-scale sculpture that refers to Pesces original idea but within a new context.
Avant-garde design, niche products, fandom, and expertise inspire Hamiltons exhibition. Verging on the absurd, the works articulate perverse fantasies, intimately binding the body to products and things. In her works, desire is on the brink of obsession, conjuring the simultaneous discomfort of striving and potential for satisfaction inherent to a fixation on a particular thing. In Hamiltons exhibition, objects that aspire to elegance and luxury are expressed through pleasure as well as constraint.
Hamilton (born 1978 in London) is based in London and has had solo exhibitions at firstsite in Colchester, UK (2012); the Tanks at Tate Modern, London (2012); and the Chisenhale, London (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Don't You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics at MuKHA, Antwerp (2014); the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); the Glasgow International (2014); and Better Homes (2013) at SculptureCenter.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring a text by Ruba Katrib, SculptureCenter Curator.