Tau Lewis features in Yorkshire Sculpture International
For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Canadian artist Tau Lewis presents her first solo show outside of North America. The exhibition is centred around the idea of ‘truth to materials’, a concept adopted by British modernist artists including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, whose work forms the heart of Wakefield’s collection. The presentation responds to their interest in how a sculptural form should be determined by the characteristics of the chosen material for the work, and explores how these relationships are approached by artists creating sculpture today.
Yorkshire Sculpture International is a partnership between Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Across the institutions a series of new commissions and debut UK presentations by established and emerging artists from around the world are featured, including separate presentations by artists Nairy Baghramian, Jimmie Durham, Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis.
Lewis’ presentation brings together recent works with an installation specially commissioned for the exhibition. Large-scale quilt, ‘The Coral Reef Preservation Society’ takes its title from a painting of the Negril coral reef in Jamaica that hung as a print on the wall of the artist's childhood home. Its depiction of aquatic life forms became a reference point for a new body of work, in which Lewis uses myth making to reanimate the history of loss that was the Middle Passage.