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Daphne Wright at Frith Street Gallery, London

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Sculpture by Suzanne on February 13th, 2010 | BBC Wikipedia

Primate by Daphne Wright, marble dust, onyx, resin, paint, and silk embroidery, 14.5 H x 76 L x 46.5 W cm, 2009 - click to enlarge

I usually refrain from attending exhibitions that are all about "letting the works breathe" and "showing the interaction between exhibit and architectural surrounding" because it normally just means that the curators who couldn't be bothered to fly more artworks in try to sell you a show as being all zen and stuff when there's really just a super pretentious nihil gaping in the middle of a giant concrete gallery cube.

In the case of Frith Street Gallery's Daphne Wright exhibition however, I must admit that I'm very glad I made an exception. Yes, there were only two works on show (apart from a series of obscure drawings and an awkward video installation in their super Doomesque downstairs room), but their presence was magnificent and yes, the unfinished architecture of the place is stunning and very inspiring indeed.

Stallion by Daphne Wright, marble dust and resin, 160 H x 380 L x 140 W cm, 2009, edition of 2

I must say though that these two installation views do Daphne's work zero justice. Her Stallion has the icy shine of marble dust and seems frozen and conserved yet so very potent and virile and her Primate's fur is hand-embroidered with the most surreal shimmery and exquisitely silky silver thread and you really just want to lie down on the gallery floor and become statuesque yourself - become part of a magical triangle between horse, monkey, man.

Daphne Wright's Traits of Sidney is on show until the end of the month. Please note that Frith Street Gallery isn't on Frith Street, but very close to Piccadilly Circus. Further details below.

On show: January 14 - February 27, 2010

Address: Frith Street Gallery, 17–18 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JJ, UK | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM | Sat: 11 AM - 5 PM


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    Mike says:

    The monkey reminds me of Kirsty Whiten's amazing series of monkey relic drawings.

    Like this one:


    February 18th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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