The latest works to be displayed in the Cass Sculpture Foundation Visitor's Gallery are a series of sculptures, sketches and maquettes by sculptors Eva Berendes and Zoe Paul. Using formal vocabularies, their works recall historical movements, creating delicate tensions between past and present, as well as high art and craftsmanship.
Zoe Paul uses formalism as a means of parodying classical Greek sculpture. Using domestic tiles and grout, Paul creates abstracted geometric compositions based upon the classical poses used in Hellenistic sculpture.
Eva Berendes' ephemeral screens address the wide-reaching influences of modernism, by combining and conflating references to the applied arts, design and the geometric abstractions associated with high art. The resulting works are sophisticated, delicate forms which allude to an ongoing and evolving engagement with formalism.