(images above from here)
This morning we drove to Hauser and Wirth, Somerset to see their exhibition Elisabeth Frink:Transformation. I am a great fan, and really enjoyed seeing so much work together. As ever with Elisabeth Frink and her work, I found it inspirational.
Reviews of the exhibition can be found here, and here - image above from the latter.
The Telegraph newspaper makes the point that Hauser and Wirth are raising the financial profile of Elisabeth Frink. I'm not sure what I think about the art market, but I do appreciate the exhibitions that the machinations require. It gives us all a chance to see such a wide range of work. Unfortunately when a particular artist is not deemed popular it is sometimes difficult to see pieces outside public collections.
I was delighted to be able to see some of the Riache Warriors again - here are II, III, and IV which I snapped in the courtyard. No.I belongs to the Tate. They were inspired by the bronzes found in the Mediterranean, off the Italian commune of Riace.
(image above from here)
Frink found the faces of the bronzes to be intimidating, and we found the faces in the courtyard this morning to be uncanny and menacing.
There is an 'edge' to most of Frink's pieces, an ambiguity which I enjoy. Are they oppressive, or are they vulnerable? Are they oppressive because they are vulnerable?
Wondrous powerful work!