Joana Vasconcelos’ “Time Machine” at the Manchester Art Gallery

Joana VasconcelosJoana Vasconcelos, Brittania 2014. Image courtesy of Unidade Infinita Projectos

Joana Vasconcelos’ “Time Machine” at the Manchester Art Gallery

From 15 February 2014, Manchester Art Gallery will stage the UK’s most ambitious exhibition of works by Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos. She will bring her seductive and subversive large-scale sculptures to Manchester for an exclusive site specific exhibition. This major new show features over twenty of the Portuguese artist’s most significant sculptures, which fill our main exhibition spaces, adorn the outside of our building and permeate the whole gallery. It includes new and recent works – most on show in the UK for the first time.

Joana VasconcelosJoana Vasconcelos, Brittania 2014. Image courtesy of Unidade Infinita Projectos

Britannia 2014 is a major new commission which comprises richly coloured textile forms that cascade down 3 floors of the Gallery’s central atrium. The explosion of suspended, swelling forms, textures and colours contrast dramatically with the cold metal, glass and rigid order of the architecture. The organic forms are composed of many fabric elements including knitting and crochet, fine silks and cotton velvets, recycled clothes and industrially produced textiles, embellished with Portuguese tassels, crystals and beads in a dazzling patchwork of patterns, shapes and textures.

Joana VasconcelosJoana Vasconcelos, Lilicoptère 2012. Image courtesy of Unidade Infinita Projectos

For the first time, three of Vasconcelos’ large-scale vehicle works are being shown together. Lilicoptère 2012, originally conceived for the artist’s major solo presentation at the Château de Versailles in 2012, is a Bell 47 helicopter adorned with pink ostrich feathers and Swarovski Crystals and crafted with gold leaf, fine needlework rugs, walnut wood, and wood grain painting.

Joana VasconcelosJoana Vasconcelos, Full Stead Ahead. Image courtesy of Peter Mallet

Another three of Vasconcelos’ sculptures entitled Full Steam Ahead will also be shown together for the first time. These kinetic sculptures in the shape of flowers have steam irons for petals which open and close to mimic the movement of real flowers. Red, yellow and green, the colours of the Portuguese flag, the sculptures slowly unfurl, hissing and releasing steam to create a dramatic, hot and humid robotic flower garden.

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