21 Apr 2017 – 27 May 2017

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Exhibition: 21 April - 27 May 2017
Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm

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Standpoint Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Old Street / Liverpool Street
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Drawn from an ongoing exploration of the furrowed brow as a gendered representation of authoritative thought, this show takes the form of an otherworldly landscape of objects, placed as if either rising from or sinking into the gallery floor.


Taking the forehead as their origin, these bodily manifestations of thinking are formed through a process of making in which intuition, incoherence and non-knowledge resist the structures of authority in art production. Sitting on a dimly lit floor, the objects occupy multiple dimensions - are they slowly emerging from a swamp, crowning, like the forehead of Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now? Or are they half-excavated armor, helmets, fleshed out relics? Or organic lumps; beetles, slugs, octopuses? They illustrate an archaeological sequence that traces the evolution and material culture of an alternative, parallel humanoid from an imagined past into a possible future.

Beth Collar was selected from 207 applicants who applied for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2017 by a panel comprising Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, British artist Hew Locke,  Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2015-16 Megan Broadmeadow, and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials. 

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