If curator Clare Lilley is to believed—and frankly, she should be—not a sculpture is to be missed in this year’s Sculpture Park at Frieze. “Some works will immediately draw you to them, others to stand away from; some demand to be walked around or through, or they require pause and stillness,” she said in an interview with Artsy. “All of the works give food for thought and have the potential to make your heart beat faster.” With all due respect to the 20+ artists included in Lilley’s effort, we thought we’d offer a few highlights to guide your visit to the Park, be it virtual or physical.
1. Medieval Gargoyles, like this Winged Goat Gargoyle (France, 14th-15th century): “Its curling horns and the small beard under its chin are highly characterful, and give the head a real sense of bestial power,” says exhibitor Sam Fogg of this sculpture, one of five he’s brought to the Park. “It is similar to the gargoyles of the vast cathedrals of Reims, Amiens, and even Nôtre Dame in Paris, famous for its mythical beasts that look out over the entire city like demonic guardians.”
2. Piss Flowers by Helen Chadwick (1991-92): Chadwick made these sculptures by urinating into snow, then making casts of the imprint. “While it’s not really been seen outdoors it was something that was clearly made outdoors,” Lilley told ArtInfo. “They will be shown dug into the grass and underneath trees where they will look like flowers. They are extraordinary sculptural forms.”
3. Geometric Mirrors by Jeppe Hein (2011): A sculptor known for his works that question the relationship between viewer and artwork, Hein brings back the series of polished steel mirror sculptures that made their Frieze debut in New York’s 2012 sculpture garden.
4. Detached by Rachel Whiteread (2012): “Towards the northern end [there are] two very tall and quite dramatic works by Yinka Shonibare and Jaume Plensa, plus a large concrete cast of a garden shed interior by Rachel Whiteread,” Lilley told us. “Those sculptures, through their height, surface, and volume, serve as a framework.”
5. Rearrangeable Rainbow Blocks by Judy Chicago (1965/2011): In her visual diary from Frieze week, Judy described this work as “from a long-ago time in my life, when I felt obligated to ‘rearrange’ my life to accommodate the needs of my male partner.” Be sure to follow her on Artsy for exclusive updates from London.
Images: Five Gargoyles, England and France, 13th – 15th century, Sam Fogg; Helen Chadwick, Piss Flowers, 1991-1992, courtesy of Richard Saltoun; Rachel Whiteread, Detached 3, 2012, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.
On view at Regent’s Park, London, October 17th – 20th.
May 4–8, 2018, Park Avenue Armory