Leaving the Studio:

We visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Wakefield Hepworth Gallery, which essencially turned into marking down all these incredible artists that had their own methods and styles of creating a narrative, more particularly one that communicated itself well.

Within the Yorkshire sculpture park, inside the gallery, was an artist Amar Kanwar and their exhibition of “The Sovereign Forest + Other Stories.” Which contained a variety of photographs, films, quotes and books, and a wall full of rice. The exhibition came from the conflict in India between local farmers and tribes, and the government and mining corporations. Some of the artifacts were prior to the start of the fight, “The Scene of the Crime”, other during, “The Lying down Protest”,and the few were from the end result, “In Memory Of”, however all contained the deeping sense of horror at the assult of homes and natural landscape along with agricultural lands and rivers.

The main interest for me were the books, they told stories in pieces, to understand you needed to look at them all; one particular one was a book “The Counting Sisters”, which held a collection of stories with evidence. That is, within the book it contained bits a cloth, a fishing net and seeds, to name a few. it was explained that “The six Counting Sisters are mourners who count the dead, the disappeared and many more things and the One Alone counts the living.”

Obviously we trudged around the outside sculptures as well; particular favourites were Henry Moore, (“Three Piece RWP_20131212_047eclining Figure no.1″), Barbara Hepworth, (“The Family of Man” & WP_20131212_016“Square with Two Circles”), and the James Turrell Deer Shelter space. WP_20131212_046WP_20131212_011WP_20131212_009WP_20131212_010  The visit to the Hepworth Gallery was a singularly different experience from the Sculpture park all together, not to mention the fact it was indoors. The main attraction their was the Matthew Darbyshire “W.A. Ismay Collection”, which consists of 635 pots within the floor space of the architectural footprint of William Alfred Ismay (1910-2001), as Darbyshire used examples from his domestic scenes as a backdrop for his grand collection of  pots.

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