OVERVIEWMAR 06 to APR 21Solo Exhibition
- Solo Exhibition
Dates and Opening hoursMAR 06 to APR 21, 2013
White Cube, Bermondsey is pleased to announce the presentation of Gary Hume’s monumental bronze Liberty Grip, the first time it has been on public display. It will be shown in Bermondsey's 9x9x9 gallery.
For each of the three discrete sections of Liberty Grip, Hume used as a template the arm of a mannequin, enlarging this mass-produced, utilitarian object to a colossal scale. Hume then positioned the three arms into an evocative group of forms that suggests both a bundle of limbs or a contorted hand. Bronze on this scale usually commemorates the feat of a war hero or the triumphs of a nation, but with Liberty Grip Hume toys with our conventional uses of monumental sculpture, treating it with mischievous sense of scale, even painting the tips of the abruptly cut-off limbs a playful, intimate colour. Liberty Grip brings to mind the detached and colossal hand of the Roman Emperor Constantine, yet where that sculpture, now in fragments, celebrated the feats of a leader, Hume swaps bravado for all the sensuality and wit that characterise his paintings.
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