LIFE AND WORK OF FRANZ WEST

Art mas­ter­class at agri­cul­tural show Cy­cle race in­spires new art collection

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way you want. When you fit a piece to your body, then it is your ex­pe­ri­ence of an­other body and the world is dif­fer­ent.”

De­signed to be held, car­ried or worn by viewer, the adap­tives re­flect West’s be­lief that ev­ery­thing is flex­i­ble, mu­ta­ble and adapt­able. “He wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence re­al­ity in great depth,” says Badura- Triska. “There are many re­al­i­ties. It is a post-mod­ern phi­los­o­phy. You can take any piece as a kind of start­ing point for an ex­pe­ri­ence which can be dif­fer­ent with some­body else or some­where else.” This ope­ness to change and wel­com­ing the in­flu­ence and par­tic­i­pa­tion of oth­ers man­i­fested it­self in West’s fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tion with other con­tem­po­rary artists in­clud­ing Sarah Lu­cas, Turner Prize win­nder Dou­blas Gor­don and fel­low Aus­trian Heimo Zobernig. “Dur­ing his ca­reer Franz would bring in work by other artists to cre­ate a cer­tain am­bi­ence,” says Badura-Triska. “Works of art got into dia­logues with each other – he wanted to cre­ate a start­ing point for di­a­logue.”

The ex­hibiton ti­tle, Where is My Eight?, and the de­sign for the ex­hi­bi­tion poster were de­vel­oped by West.

Both were in­spired by his 2004 gouache Lost Weight de­pict­ing a woman pulling on a large pair of trousers which, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful diet, are now far too big for her. Play­ing around with the words, West fi­nally came up with Where is My Eight? In it­self it is an­other ex­am­ple of the artist’s habit of re­turn­ing to, and adapt­ing, pre­vi­ous works for a new pur­pose – and, char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, it also poses a ques­tion to the viewer.

One of the most in­trigu­ing el­e­ments of the ex­hi­bi­tion is its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the par­al­lels be­tween the work and prac­tice of Bar­bara Hep­worth and West through an in­ter­ven­tion which will be pre­sented in the Hep­worth Fam­ily Gift gallery.

Badura-Triska was struck by the idea when she was in­stalling three par­tic­u­lar pieces of West’s.

“They are head-like sculp­tures – there is a ten­dency for people to see heads and faces in ab­stract pieces,” she says. “You can see this in Hep­worth’s work and it is very much true in Franz’s work. The other thing is that they both worked in plas­ter and both felt that a sin­gle piece is not enough – they both re­vis­ited pieces they had made. And there was a phys­i­cal­ity in their work.

“For me mak­ing this con­nec­tion be­tween them is the most ex­cit­ing part of the show.” NEXT month’s Great York­shire Show will fea­ture an ex­hi­bi­tion de­signed to in­spire new artists.

The agri­cul­tural event will be show­cas­ing a num­ber of artists ex­hibit­ing in the Art Pavil­ion, in­clud­ing Swaledale sheep artist San­dra Parker, who grew up on a farm. The venue will also be run­ning a pro­gramme of mas­ter classes by artists from the re­gion.

Artists tak­ing part will in­clude Richard Kee­ton, Les Pack­ham and Fiona Bow­ley.

The Great York­shire Show takes place in Har­ro­gate from July 8 to10. For tick­ets and the lat­est news visit www. greaty­ork­shireshow.co.uk A NEW joint ex­hi­bi­tion in the re­gion will in­clude paint­ings to cel­e­brate the Grand Dé­part.

The De­par­ture will fea­ture the work of two lo­cal artists – Paul Bram­ley and David Questa – and will in­clude a se­ries of ab­stract and fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings.

Both artists were orig­i­nally from York and a num­ber of the paint­ings have been in­spired by lo­ca­tions on the two stages of the Grand De­part which wends its way through the county next month. The ex­hi­bi­tion takes place at the Sunny Bank Mill, in Fars­ley, West York­shire be­tween July 3 and Au­gust 31.

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