Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “War Dance” featuring works by artist Francis Upritchard in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

This is a work titled A Beat by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2013. The materials are Modeling material, wire, fabric, leather and hair, and the dimensions are 75.5 inches by 31.75 inches.This is a work titled Lunge by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire, paint, fabric, and the dimensions are 78.925 inches by 15.75 inches by 35.75 inches.This is a work titled White Knight by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire, fabric, leather and shell buttons, and the dimensions are 70.25 inches by 23.575 inches by 15 inches.This is a work titled Point by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire, fabric, leather and shell buttons, and the dimensions are 76 inches by 28.375 inches by 14.75 inches.This is a work titled Rider by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire, fabric, leather and shell buttons, and the dimensions are 73.5 inches by 16.94 inches by 19.5 inches.This is a work titled Bearer by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire, fabric (Lynne MacKay), leather and hair, and the dimensions are 87 inches by 20.5 inches by 15.75 inches.This is a work titled Pewter Tankard by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling Material and paint, and the dimensions are 9.25 inches by 9.25 inches by 5.5 inches.This is a work titled Archer tankard by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling Material and paint, and the dimensions are 8.7 inches by 8.7 inches by 5.125 inches.This is a work titled Goose Vessel by artist Francis Upritchard made in 2012. The materials are Modeling material, wire and paint, and the dimensions are 25.2 inches by 12 inches by 6.25 inches.

Press Release

Francis Upritchard

War Dance

June 27 –
August 16, 2013

For her full-scale New York gallery debut, Francis Upritchard – a London-based New Zealander who represented her country at the 2009 Venice Biennale – stages eight figurative sculptures seemingly engaged in a ritualistic war dance. Quite unlike the traditional fierceness of such stylized warfare however, Upritchard’s figures appear to prepare for a different kind of battle, showing off skills of a different nature. Stance, expression, and garb of these delicately modeled sculptures are focused yet tender and soft, at times leaning towards awkward, limp and visceral. Gestures, especially of the hands and elongated fingers, suggest a determined dreamy-ness and wistfulness. The figures’ skin is built up as if made of wax; their facial expressions and half-closed eyes are introverted and withdrawn. All in all, these dancers move closer to the delirious state of a rave than the ferociousness of mock combat.

 

Alluding to a variety of cultural and temporal influences, Upritchard’s work intimates how effectively the past can be reinterpreted, even manipulated. Here, the artist takes inspiration from medieval sources such as the 11th century Bayeux tapestry as well as the woodcarvings by Northern-Renaissance sculptor Erasmus Grasser, whose work captured the Moresca pantomime and its origins in the sword and mumming dances performed by troupes of jesters and actors at court and in the streets.

 

A catalog book published on the occasion of Upritchard’s exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary accompanies the exhibition.

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