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Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Reverie “Scribe,” 2014, nylon mesh, sand, found metals, 91 × 54 × 67". From the series “R.S.V.P.,” 1976–.

Senga Nengudi

White Cube | Bermondsey

Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Reverie “Scribe,” 2014, nylon mesh, sand, found metals, 91 × 54 × 67". From the series “R.S.V.P.,” 1976–.

Around the bottom edge where pristine white gallery walls meet buffed concrete, Senga Nengudi spread thin strips of sand, forming an alternative baseboard, as if the earth were seeping up into the room. From the walls hung sculptures from the series “R.S.V.P.,” 1976–, formed of sheer panty hose in tones ranging from pale cream to dark brown, with a little dark green, white, and black. Some of these malleable, visceral, yet delicate sculptures were stretched across corners—one, Internal I, 1972/2014, monumentally from floor to ceiling in a gallery of its own, as if marking a territory. The material invokes a body by metonymy through form (tied into balls and nipple-like bumps) and a relationship to nature via its content (sand and flowers). Nengudi has previously used worn hosiery—donated by friends or bought from thrift stores—that therefore reflects its own “

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