Heather Phillipson Has Transformed Tate Britain Into a ‘Pre-Post-Historic Environment’
Heather Phillipson is an English artist with a penchant for sparking ecstatic experiences. In the past, she has created a humorous sculpture in London’s Trafalgar Square, along with turning Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau into a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. For her latest installation, Phillipson has been commissioned by Tate Britain to transform its galleries through sound, color, and a multitude of disparate imagery.
In “RUPTURE NO 1: BLOWTORCHING THE BITTEN PEACH,” the artist describes her work as a “pre-post-historic environment,” where she deliberately cultivates strangeness to arouse unexpected thoughts within the viewer. Working across a wide array of mediums, Phillipson maps out her mind using reclaimed machinery, massive papier-mâché sculptures, and bisected aircraft fuel tanks, to more traditional painterly elements and use of video.
She describes this explosion of visual references as “quantum thought experiments.” Each showcasing a different system that may be in danger of collapse. “RUPTURE NO 1: BLOWTORCHING THE BITTEN PEACH” is on view at Tate Britain until January 23.
Also on view, Regen Projects is showcasing an extensive exhibition on Jack Pierson.
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