Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful
Tue 18 May 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021Henry Moore Institute 74 The Headrow
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About the event
Rafael Pérez Evans’ temporary sculptures made using foodstuffs draw upon legacies of 1960s sculpture, Land Art and acts of social protest. For this exhibition, Pérez Evans presents three new works that explore a tension between basic human need and the overproduction of food.
Pérez Evans will install Mountain 2021, two full-sized grain silos outside the Henry More Institute. Their stark, functional, yet also highly sculptural forms give immediate human scale to industrial food production. In contrast Handful 2021, a simple wooden shelf inside the Institute, carries just one handful of grain.
A spirit of protest is also never far from Pérez Evans’ work. Witnessing the demonstrations of Spanish farmers as a child he saw vast quantities of lemons dumped in protests against devaluation according to market forces. For Lake 2021, Pérez Evans floods one of the Institute’s former domestic spaces with milk, a gesture that recalls the aftermath of such uprisings.
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