Modern Art are showing a great solo exhibition of new work by Eva Rothschild. It’s Rothschild’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery so they probably like her work as much as we do.
Eva Rothschild, Iceberg Hits, 2018, detail, photography by Robert Glowacki, copyright the artist, courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Eva Rothschild’s work has developed out of the legacy of the modernist sculptural tradition, in particular the formal languages of such artists as Barbara Hepworth and Eva Hesse, both of whom, in their own ways, were committed to studying sculpture’s capacity to create bodily encounters in space. Similarly, for Rothschild, scale, mass, volume and materiality are central components of her sculptural lexicon, but so are humour, illusion and ritual. Rothschild’s work – which is made out of materials such as jesmonite, Perspex, steel, leather, incense and beads – is concerned with how certain qualities of corporeality might be invested with spiritual meaning, and the precise point at which narratives might arise out of formal arrangements.
Eva Rothschild, The Fallowfield, 2018, tapestry weaving, 180 x 320 cm, 70 7/8 x 126 ins, photography by Robert Glowacki, copyright the artist, courtesy Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London
Eva Rothschild, Border, 2018, installation view, photography by Robert Glowacki, copyright the artist, courtesy Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London
Rothschild is internationally recognised for her translations of these questions into both intimately scaled work as well as large sculptural interventions, both for indoor and outdoor public space. Her exhibition at Modern Art emphasises the breadth of her practice, encompassing work of varying scales and production techniques that respond to the space of the gallery, while also honing in on the specificity of her distinctive visual vocabulary. The exhibition also includes the artist’s first tapestry commissioned by West Dean College of Arts & Conservation in West Sussex, England.
Eva Rothschild Iceberg Hits – 5 May, 2018 Stuart Shave/Modern Art 50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG www.modernart.net
Eva Rothschild, Hangouts, 2018, Plexiglass, painted ribar, jesmonite, fabric, paint, MDF, steel, 294 x 240 x 180 cm, 115 3/4 x 94 1/2 x 70 7/8 ins, photography by Robert Glowacki, copyright the artist, courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Eva Rothschild, Cosmos, 2018, installation view, photography by Robert Glowacki, copyright the artist, courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971, and she lives and works in London. Rothschild has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009) and Public Art Fund, New York (2011). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK (2016-17); The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA (2012), Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007) and the Kunstalle
Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2004). Rothschild’s solo show Hot Touch in 2011 was the inaugural show at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. The artist’s work is included in several institutional collections including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carnegie Museum Collection, Pittsburgh, PA, USA and the Tate Collection, London. In 2014, Rothschild was named a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy in London.
Eva Rothschild’s work will be the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 22 September – 25 November 2018. This will be her first solo presentation in Australia.