In The Round: Group Exhibition is on view at Unit London, London
March 23 – April 21, 2022
Unit London is excited to present its first group exhibition dedicated solely to visual art in three dimensions. In the Round places the mediums of sculpture and ceramics at centre stage, drawing on a vast global and cross-cultural history. Human beings have crafted sculptural objects for many millennia, and these objects have come to slip between practical, domestic, religious, cultural and artistic definitions.
The exhibition aims to showcase these diverse sculptural mediums, which have perhaps played a secondary role to works on canvas in the contemporary artworld. In the Round decisively brings sculpture to the fore, championing the physicality of the medium and demonstrating its continuing pertinence for modern audiences.
In this sense, In the Round celebrates the fluidity of sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition questions the rigidity of past canonical sculptural parameters by emphasising the freedom of process and material that three-dimensions can allow. In the Round strives to chart the flexibility of sculptural materials that can metamorphose from something tactile and malleable into something durable and solid, while still maintaining a sense of movement and mutability. The exhibition therefore displays a fluctuating interplay between abstract forms and representations of the everyday. Featuring work by multiple international artists, each with their own language yet united in employing humour and playfulness to toy with our sensory experiences, the exhibition encourages us to ponder whether we can reach out and touch these objects. Are they what we think they are?
Ultimately, these works probe our perceptions of reality and our relationship to meaning itself. Sculpture is unique in itsability to provide a truly collaborative experience betweenviewer and art object; viewers are able to circumnavigate each piece. In thisway, In the Round, conjures notions of performance and communication,understanding the physical and almost theatrical nature of sculpture as a medium. In the Round seeks to convey how three-dimensional artworks engage with our senses on the most profound level, poignantly circumventing artistic tropes in order to deal with contemporary issues, ideas and experiences.
Participating artists: Alma Berrow, AnneMarie Laureys, Charlotte Colbert, Henry Hudson, Jiha Moon, Lei Xue, Matt Wedel, Paa Joe, Raven Halfmoon, Saskia Fleishman, Stacey Gillian Abe
3 Hanover Square
W1S 1HD London
Image courtesy of Unit London