A Beat, 2013
Digital pigment print with silkscreen and emboss
42 x 28 cm
Edition of 50, signed and numbered
£320 (ICA Members £240)
ICA Membership £30
ICA is pleased to present this limited edition print generously created by Francis Upritchard, to accompany the ICA Off-Site exhibition A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now (13 September - 3 November 2013, Old Selfridges Hotel, London).
Known primarily for her figurative sculpture, Upritchard's work is keenly observant of human nature, and treads the line between realism and fantasy. Her figures - a group of misfits and travelling players - appear to taking part in a pageant or masquerade, their expressions melancholic and distant, seemingly questing for something beyond reach. Looking strikingly like hippies from the late 1960s and evocative of medieval jesters and holy fools, they are both archetypal and beautifully decorative.
The artist associates hippies with failure; that everything embraced and envisioned by the 1960s counterculture either ended unhappily or didn't materialise. Nonetheless, her apparent rejection of these ideals, as expressed in the disenchantment of her sculpted figures, is itself significant, for Upritchard's discomfort with the aspirations of the counterculture may also disguise a deeper longing for their achievement.
Born in 1976 in New Zealand, Francis now lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London (2011); Echo, Amersfoort Kunsthal, The Netherlands (2011); Methusalem, Ivan Anthony, Auckland (2011); In die Höhle, Secession, Vienna (2010); and Solo presentation, Open Space, Art Cologne (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: H x W x D, Wentrup, Berlin Stealing (2011); The Senses, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2011); Simon Starling: Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London (2010); Out of Joint, Galerie Kamm, Berlin Bart Wells Boutique, 235 Brompton Road (co-organised with Luke Gottelier) (2010); Ashes to Ashes, AMP, Athens, Greece (2010); and The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, 176 Project Space/Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010).
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