Private View: Thursday 20 February, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dates: 21 February – 28 March
Location: 30 Old Burlington Street Mayfair, London, W1S 3AR
ActionSpace artist Nnena Kalu has been been commissioned by Studio Voltaire to create an monumental exhibition in Cork Street, Mayfair. Kalu will use her signature combination of recycled and everyday materials to wrap and build up boulder-like forms to create complexly layered sculptures which respond to the surrounding architecture.
For this commission, Kalu will work in the gallery throughout the exhibition to create a new series of large–scale sculptural installations. Binding, layering and wrapping materials, the artist’s sculptures reflect the duration, rhythm and process of their making. Kalu’s energetic installations become an extension of her physical movements, with an important relationship between the artist’s body and her sculptural forms. Visitors will be able to experience Kalu’s practice first hand as she works on site throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Kalu’s commission is the first in Studio Voltaire’s offsite programme titled ‘Studio Voltaire Elsewhere’ whilst they undertake The Studio Voltaire Capital Project, a £2.4 million major redevelopment of the site in Clapham. Other artists commissioned for further projects include Phyllida Barlow, Dawn Mellor and Monster Chetwynd. This is Kalu’s first major solo exhibition in a London institution, following acclaimed solo exhibitions at Glasgow International in 2018 and Humber Street Gallery, Hull in 2019.
A series of projects will run alongside the exhibition. More details to follow soon.
We are delighted to announce that Nnena Kalu has been awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant for this exhibition in London with Studio Voltaire.
Studio Voltaire have been supported by The Elephant Trust for this exhibition with Nnena Kalu.
Image: Nnena Kalu, ‘Boulder Sculptures’, 2018.