The London-based Irish artist Eva Rothschild has created a sculptural exhibition consisting of four multifaceted works for the Irish pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Titled ‘The Shrinking Universe’, it combines an array of materials from polystyrene to concrete, creating a physically imposing environment within the space in the Arsenale.
Curated by Mary Cremin, together the four works combine industrial processes and the more intimate, personal touch of the artist at work. Geometric shapes and architectural forms make for an imposing presence.
Drift is a wall of cast concrete blocks painted with geometric forms, positioned at the entrance to the space; Amphi consists of a series of graffiti-covered cast polystyrene blocks which viewers are invited to clamber over and sit on.
The triangular forms of Princess meanwhile rise from a base of cast columns at the centre of the pavilion. The sculpture sits on waxed fabric crash mats. Lastly, Spektor is a cast bronze of head-like forms.
The Venice Biennale 2019 runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019. www.labiennale.org
1. Eva Rothschild, Drift, 2019, Concrete, steel, synthetic polymer paint Dimensions variable. Photo: Robert Glowacki
2, 3. Eva Rothschild, ‘The Shrinking Universe’, Installation view, Irish Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2019. Photo: Robert Glowacki
4. Eva Rothschild, ￼Amphi, 2019, resin, fibre glass, wood, spray paint Dimensions variable. Photo: Robert Glowacki
5. Eva Rothschild, Drift, 2019, Concrete, steel, synthetic polymer paint Dimensions variable. Photo: Robert Glowacki
6. Eva Rothschild, Spektor, 2019, Bronze, resin, fibreglass, spray paint Dimensions variable. Photo: Robert Glowacki
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