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Francis Upritchard Sculptures Explored Wetwang Slack

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Pruitt Igoe 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Pruitt Igoe 2018

In case you missed the exhibition, Francis Upritchard Sculptures Explored looks at the exhibition and work at Wetwang Slack

Who is Francis Upritchard?

Francis Upritchard is a female artist from New Zealand born in 1976. Studied at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, South Island New Zealand. Shortly after graduating in 1997 moved to London, England. Around 2001 Upritchard co set up an art space in Hackney, the Bart Wells Institute, that featured different artists, in a warehouse type building. She also has featured works in the Saatchi Gallery in London. Won awards overseas and featured many solo exhibitions including Venice representing her home country New Zealand and also back in New Zealand where it all began.

 

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Serious one 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Serious one 2018

 

What type of Art does Francis Upritchard make?

Francis Upritchard is a sculpture who made a name for her self in her early career by turning found objects into modified representations.  She then moved on to making contemporary Human Figures.

When did Francis Upritchard have an Exhibition at the Barbican Curve Gallery

27th September 2018 – 6th January 2019

If you have not yet visited the Curve gallery you are in for a surprise. The C shape of the curve gallery sets out a staggered set of model human figures. Very colourful and diverse.Things that resemble, fossils or primitive bone shaped items, dinosaurs etc.

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard white soft textile hat
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard white soft textile hat

 

Francis Upritchard “Wetwang Slack” exhibition of mixed artworks

The “Wetwang Slack” comes from an Iron Age archaeological site in Yorkshire, that found bones, burial site and items from the Arras culture.

A brief look up online indicates previous themes that might cause one to hesitate and wonder if the artworks are going to be morbid, creepy or this new buzzword being used to describe gruesome topics “Challenging”. No disguises from us. We ask beforehand if anything is likely to be graphic gruesome, forensic, morbid. Whilst we can not comment on other places where this artist features. This exhibition was safe in terms of it being free from the above themes.

Curve Gallery Barbican France Upritchard Green Muppet Hand 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican France Upritchard Green Muppet Hand 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Hand of Japan 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard Hand of Japan 2018

What materials does Francis Upritchard use in her sculptures?

A vast mix of materials on display, Sculptures made in polymer clay, over a wire frame, rubber, paints, pottery, textile.

Upritchard’s artwork features items that look like they come from an archaeological find or a museum. Lots of brick a brack style pieces are reformed and brought back to use.

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard New Life 2018
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard New Life 2018

 

We noticed that the range of cultures and types of artefacts was wide-ranging, Sculptures of modern looking people and quite ancient.

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Moving onto colourful small textile hats, that range geographically, culturally as well as being from different periods of time perhaps.

Curve Gallery Barbican France Upritchard
Curve Gallery Barbican France Upritchard

 

Displays move onto hanging shelves of these little textile objects and the hats, diverse colours.

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A delicate glass cabinet of delicately shaded opaque ceramic or glass looking pots.

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard delicate coloured glass/ ceramic style pots urns jars
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard delicate coloured glass/ ceramic style pots urns jars

 

On a side table of more traditional looking pottery with these small perforated holes, cut out faces.

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard vase/ pots /urns /jars with cut out face detail
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard vase/ pots /urns /jars with cut out face detail

 

Later on one of the ceiling lights also carried the same cut out of a face.

Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard ceiling lamp shade, cut out face detail blue dark with like a pearly sheen and white pearly sheen inside
Curve Gallery Barbican Artist Francis Upritchard ceiling lamp shade, cut out face detail

 

At the back of the exhibition, the items are consisting of simple mono colour with primitive intentions. It almost seems like a journey of the evolution of sculpture, colour begins to appear and the complexity of shapes and materials evolve.

Francis Upritchard works with a rare form of Rubber Balata made in Brazil.

Information is provided at the Barbican Gallery about this, as they provide a free map of the exhibition.  The handout gives a good explanation of the artist’s link with this Rubber. In short, it involves a process managed by Darlindo Jose De Oliveira Pinto, who exclusively only supplies to limited places and people. This Artist is one of them.

What to be awarer of when going to the Barbican Exhibition

Bag search policy, warning that the items are delicate, they are on view but that doesn’t mean items can be handled. Look but do not touch. Photos are allowed no flash. Free entrance. Usual advice for visiting museum displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get to the Barbican Curve gallery

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