yinka shonibare MBE with new work at frieze london sculpture park

17 October 2013
Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park is within a three-minute walk of Frieze London and this year will exhibit contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors.

Yinka Shonibare MBE will present one his new Wind Sculpture works, part of a new series of important large-scale works that mark a new departure for Shonibare by working in fibre glass and steel. Using these materials, Shonibare investigates the shifting movement of wind passing through fabric. In these grand sculptures, the artist encapsulates the sheer volume of wind three-dimensionally with exquisite dynamism.

Shonibare dramatically scales up the fabric beyond its customary, realistic size. This lends the work a magical quality that deliberately plays on initial perceptions and frames of reference, a thread running throughout Shonibare's approach. At six metres high, the Wind Sculptures have a majestic presence, with brightly coloured, painted surfaces to replicate the patterns of Dutch wax batik fabrics. Rich blue, bright yellow and saturated green patterns emerge in an optical delight. The billowing form is taken from photographs of wind being blown into the actual fabrics. This process poetically echoes the organic concaved and convexed shapes formed by nature. The fluidity and grace belies their construction in fibreglass.

Entry to the Sculpture Park is free to the public.

The Sculpture Park at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2013 is selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Frieze London runs from 17 - 20 October 2013.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Frieze London Sculpture Park