Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean, an exhibition of work by British artist Jordan McKenzie which examines the relationship between sculpture, performance and art history.
The exhibition in YSP’s Boat House shows two new films which feature performances created by McKenzie at the Park in summer 2013. Carl An(t)dre, 2014 presents a performance by 20 young people dressed as ants, promenading through the landscape. The giant ants recreate structures inspired by Minimalist artist Carl Andre's infamous artwork Equivalent VIII, 1966 – an iconic sculpture made of 120 firebricks and arranged in a variety of combinations. The film strips the original performance back by downplaying the pastoral English landscape and repeating elements of the piece, echoing black and white Minimalist performance films of the 1970s.
Jordan McKenzie: Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean
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LeWitt Lean, 2014 shows a performance in which McKenzie invited performers to lean on 123454321, 1993, a sculpture by Sol LeWitt – a key figure in Minimalism and conceptual art. The performers are positioned in groups that mimic the mathematical principles that inform the sculpture's construction.
Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean forms part of a wider on-going series, Minimal Interventions, in which McKenzie subverts the status of Minimalist sculptures through physical interactions, exploring themes of authenticity and authorship by momentarily inhabiting the work of another artist for his own purpose. Previous works in the Minimalist Interventions series have seen McKenzie disco dancing on a Carl Andre work at Tate Modern in Andre Dance, 2008, and rubbing himself against a Richard Serra sculpture in Serra Frottage, 2008.
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