Pop goes the Weasel!
14 July 2016 to 31 July 2016 | 11am 6pm
Kensington, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
‘Pop goes the Weasel’ presents new and recent work by Ann Carrington who uses sculpture to give new meaning to the every day. For Carrington, all objects are saturated with cultural meaning, which, as an artist she seeks to explore, unravel and investigate - breathing extraordinary new life into ordinary items like coins, buttons, knives and forks and barbed wire.
This exhibition reveals a witty repurposing of everyday items which are transformed through often surprising and unlikely marriages of materials and method. The exhibition includes two grandiose galleons woven from strings of pearls cruising on a tangled sea of wedding tiaras, chokers and earrings; magical transformations of knives forks and spoons into arrangements of flowers; lace curtains ‘sewn’ from collections of horse brasses and riotous scribbled coils of thorny barbed wire which have been teased and tamed to produce magnificent rose blossoms.
On public display for the first time since the Queens diamond jubilee will be ‘Royal Jubilee Banner’ – commissioned by the Queen in celebration of her diamond Jubilee in 2012. The banner which gallantly hung from the stern of the Royal Barge as it made its way up the Thames through lashing rain, wind and waves to London Bridge is embroidered with over half a million golden buttons.
Ann Carrington studied sculpture at the RCA graduating in 1987, and has fulfilled many private and public commissions such as her huge public mural Manhattan Mettle in New York; the public sculpture ‘Mrs Booth’ erected in front of the Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2011; and the Royal Banner commissioned by the Queen in 2012. Ann Carrington currently holds an ambassadorial role for the United Nations raising awareness of current issues through her artwork.
The exhibition catalogue has a forward by Sir Paul Smith a long term champion and collector of Ann Carrington’s artworks.