Within the cavernous 18th-century chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a brand new set up by artist Leonardo Drew (previously) explodes towards the ceiling in a large plume, scatting shards, mud, and tiny fragments of fabric across the area. Titled “Quantity 360,” the work is comprised of blackened and painted plywood that brings chaos and destruction to the in any other case stark, quiet sanctuary. The central surge of the set up reaches 5 meters tall to fill everything of the chapel’s nave, whereas small paths are left clear to maneuver by way of the immersive rupture.
Born in Tallahassee however raised in Connecticut’s infamous Bridgeport Housing Project, Drew spent a lot of his childhood scrounging waste supplies and repurposing them into what have been his earliest artworks. This dedication to regenerate what’s been left to decay stays central to his observe right this moment, and lots of of his items reuse supplies from earlier tasks. “Quantity 360,” for instance, makes use of the identical fractured plywood as that of “Quantity 341,” which the artist made in 2022 for Artwork Basel: Limitless in Switzerland.
To attain the tough, grainy texture of the person elements, Drew combined sand into acrylic paints, a alternative that stems from a number of visits to porcelain studios in Jingdezhen, China, the place he witnessed the ceramic works exploding within the kiln, leaving earthen particles and shards of their wake. The artist additionally evokes the high-pressure nature of that course of, conveying a tense and violent power in an in any other case calm area.
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