Harriet Bowman, All Round-er (sad sale)

Image Credit: Southcott Cross Country Course. Photograph courtesy the artist

133 Cumberland Road

0117 9292266
admin@spikeisland.org.uk
http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/exhibitions/harriet-bowman-exhibition/

Saturday 21 July 2018 – Sunday 23 September 2018
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12–5pm

Preview

Exhibition Preview: Harriet Bowman
Friday 20 July 2018, 6-9pm

Harriet Bowman presents a series of new works based on an ongoing narrative about a fictional character called Fled who explores Bowman’s own curiosities for cars, horsepower and the language of equestrian advertising.

‘…as Fled lingered behind the animal, he started to really look at the horse in comparison to his own body… Fled often thought about his own body in comparison to his Audi, but never to a horse...’

Bowman’s story writing generates symbolic objects that act as physical footnotes to the text. In the exhibition they take the form of a showroom, revealing these objects in a theatrical diorama.

Her exhibition includes a series of sculptures which appropriate traditional leatherwork and ceramic techniques. Moulded leather hide sculptures that recall car interiors, saddles and flesh, hang in suspense. Alongside this work is a clay sculpture which is sanded back daily, over many months, reflecting the labour intensive nature of maintaining a show horse – its shine comparable to a well buffed automobile. Bowman’s talismans – hand-made ceramic horseshoes – offer luck to all.

A local tannery, Thomas Ware & Sons, is the site of Bowman’s primary research for this exhibition, influencing her use of leatherwork and also an audio piece inspired by the workers’ bell.

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