birmingham-uk

Ruth Claxton

Ikon Gallery

Ruth Claxton’s installation Lands End, 2008, sneaks up on you. Initially it doesn’t look like an installation at all but like a group of discrete (though closely related) sculptures, some freestanding, others wall-mounted. The site-specific work was disposed across three of Ikon’s rooms, the first so densely installed that you could enter it just partway, the second moderately so, and the third fairly sparsely. Likewise, the floor-based elements themselves went, as the rooms progressed, from being nearly as high as the ceiling to being, in the last room, relatively low (around coffee-table height). Only at the end did one understand that the exhibition was actually to be considered a single work, one that appeared to shrink as it grew thinner.

The materials comprising this loopy sculptural landscape are few and simple: steel hoops, painted gray, sometimes supported by vertical struts,

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