Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm

39 Dover Street, W1S 4NN, London, United Kingdom
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm


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Jann Haworth: Out of the Rectangle

Gazelli Art House, London

Thu 30 Mar 2023 to Sat 13 May 2023

39 Dover Street, W1S 4NN Jann Haworth: Out of the Rectangle

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm

Artist: Jann Haworth

“We live in rectangles. Much of our visual art is bound by rectangles: billboards, images online, films, magazines, Fine Art. Also, it might be said that we are defined by rectangles: our credit cards, passports, medical cards... Something so ubiquitous is worth questioning, and disrupting.” — Jann Haworth

Artworks

Jann Haworth

Acrylic paint on cotton, canvas ply stiffing agent

170 × 269 cm

Jann Haworth

Oil on linen and cotton canvases

182 × 91 cm

Jann Haworth

Oil on canvas and Japanese indigo fabric

66 × 182 cm

Jann Haworth

Pastel on cardboard

72.4 × 105.4 cm

Jann Haworth

Pastel on cardboard

111.1 × 78.7 cm

Jann Haworth

Pastel on cardboard

111.1 × 78.7 cm

Jann Haworth

Pastel on cardboard

72.4 × 105.4 cm

Jann Haworth

Cotton fabrics, wooden chair and woollen shawl

60 × 135 × 50 cm

Jann Haworth

Oil on linen and cotton canvases, wooden frame

122 cm

Jann Haworth

Framed, Glassed and marbled fabric sewn

40.6 × 50.8 cm

Jann Haworth

Oil on linen and cotton canvases

152 × 79 cm

Jann Haworth

Set of 7 individual prints on Hahnemühle paper

175 × 48 cm

Installation Views

In the wake of the pandemic, Jann Haworth would begin preparations for her latest exhibition “more simply than usual”. The resewn patterns of our collective lives can be seen to parallel Haworth’s efforts “to make pieces that were softer” as the artist “pulled away from some of the expectations and constraints of fine art traditions: the evenly stretched canvas; the single sheet of canvas rather than pieced or layered; and the dominant Rectangle framework.” Here, process would come to play a more prominent role: short of superseding, the efforts of making would be no longer “in service” to concept.

Globally regarded as a pioneer of soft sculpture, Out of the Rectangle sees Haworth “revisit the residual borderline between Arts & Crafts and Fine Art”. The artist senses a “divide is still present, even now, after decades of redefining and pressure from great fibre artists, ceramicists, weavers and the rest”.

Visitors can observe Haworth’s “visceral” relationship to enduring artistic materials – gesso, rabbit skin glue, mid-tone duck-cream linen canvas, and pigment ground from rock. In duality, the hang hums with a radical energy, a tension conjured up in that space between conventional and contemporary curation. Notable historic works are shown alongside newly commissioned pieces, including rectilinear cardboard works whose reflective glass invites participation, a circular stretcher, a freestanding mannequin, and two double life size corsets.

As self-determined as Haworth herself, via their interrogations of the rectangle each work in this exhibition plays with tradition: its omnipresence, influence, and provocation to incite the new.

Among the determinative pop artists, Jann Haworth’s wit and material sensitivity has long developed her towering artistic individuality. Haworth is recognised as an advocate for female representation in the art world and uses innovative mediums to reimagine contemporary craft and culture. A pioneer in soft sculpture, Haworth has extended the reach of what had been deemed craft for aeons into the realms of fine art.

Born in Hollywood California, Haworth is closely associated with the 60’s pop art movement in the UK. Her work is in permanent collections of Tate Britain in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Sintra Museum of Modern Art de Belem, Lisbon and Le Delta Museum, Namur. Recent museum acquisitions include Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, mumok, Vienna, Moderna Museet Stockholm, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah.

Courtesy of the artist and Gazelli Art House, London

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