RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series – Richard Tuttle: Layering

17 October 2014 | 7pm – 8.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free, booking required.

This lecture is now fully booked You are more than welcome to come by on the day - If so, please arrive early - there is no guarantee of seated space. A screen will be placed outside the lecture theatre in the hall to allow extra audience to watch the talk. It will also be broadcast live on this is tomorrow: www.thisistomorrow.info

For the first Visual Cultures lecture of the 2014/15 series, the School of Fine Art at the RCA is pleased to welcome Richard Tuttle. Tuttle will give an insight on his latest projects at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern. From 14 October–14 December, a major exhibition surveying Tuttle’s career from the 1960s to today will be presented at the Whitechapel Gallery, titled, I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language. Alongside this exhibition, Tate Modern presents a newly commissioned sculpture in its iconic Turbine Hall from 14 October –6 April 2015. Principally constructed of fabric, it will be the largest work ever created by the artist, measuring over twelve metres in height. It will bring together a group of bespoke fabrics, each of which combines natural and man-made fibres to create different textures in bright colours. These will be suspended from the ceiling as a sculptural form, contrasting with the solid industrial architecture of the Turbine Hall, to create an immense volume of colour and fluidity.

Richard Tuttle is one of the most significant artists working today. Since the mid-1960s, he has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization. Tuttle’s work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. He draws beauty out of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, colour, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist, who maintains an acute awareness for the viewer’s aesthetic experience.

Further speakers in the series include the  'father of conceptual art' Joseph Kosuth in conversation with Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist; artist Susan Hiller; curator Mihnea Mircan and academic Saskia Sassen. For more details about the series visit www.rca.ac.uk/visual-cultures