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Making Arrangements: LDN/CDMX

LUKE HART
MAKING ARRANGEMENTS: LDN/CDMX

Exhibition open now – 20 September 2018
Private View: Thursday 13 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Open by appointment only until end of August
From September: Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm or by appointment
WBG London Projects are delighted to announce Making Arrangements: LDN/CDMX, a solo exhibition by Luke Hart which traces the artist’s relocation from London to Mexico City. In Spring 2017 Luke Hart discovered that the Hackney Wick home and studio where he had based himself for the past eight years was being pulled down and redeveloped. He made the decision to leave London and find a space that could accommodate his expanding and increasingly ambitious sculptural practice. Now based in Mexico City, but traveling and working internationally, Luke has been evolving his practice and working methods to make the most of the facilities and  opportunities that this new city affords him. He develops his sculptures through drawings and in maquette form – as represented here – alongside working at considerable scale, incorporating found and locally sourced material and local industrial expertise. The exhibition consists of a number of new works on paper related to a major project that I undertook in the last year in Mexico City and Cananea, Mexico, as well as the prototype sculpture that led to this project, and was made before I left London.

Speaking of this transitional process, Luke has said:

“As I lost the studio I worried about how I would continue my sculptural practice without my workshop, as I became less rooted. When I first was in Mexico, Manuel Muñoz invited me to use his workshop in the mining town of Cananea, in Sonora near the U.S. border. He also gave me access to material from his extensive collection of industrial scrap metal salvaged from 100 years of mining and industrial activity in the area. I subsequently developed an idea that I had first built in my former London studio, shown here, into the 2-tonne sculpture that was shown in ‘Synergia’ at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City and which also served as the starting point for the work in this exhibition. These works, while graphic are also sculptural in nature, in my mind, and are continuing to fuel the development of further works, applications, and arrangements, and I’m continuing to try to figure out new methods to build things without being fixed in one place.”

– Luke
Venice, 2018

 

The above image shows the scrap yard in Cananea where Manuel Muñoz’s collection and workshop are. The large funnel shaped part in the foreground was cut into 19 pieces for the 2-tonne sculpture Chain-Link Twist II: Unrolled Cone, that was exhibited in Synergia in Mexico City early this year.