Making It

Making It

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Making It features the work of six contemporary international artists: Leonor Antunes (Portugal), Christopher Baker (USA), Alexandre da Cunha (Brazil), Antony Gormley (UK) and Eva Grubinger (Austria).

The exhibition is spread across four spaces at The Box: South Hall, North Hall, Hurdle Gallery and St. Luke’s. It also includes a work in the public realm by Antony Gormley called Look II on West Hoe Pier.

The show aims to compare and contrast the different ways we can “make it”, from the labour intensive and wrought nature of manufacturing and fabricating artworks and objects of material integrity, referencing Plymouth’s history as a city of makers and crafts people, with what might be viewed as instant success gratification, 15 minutes of fame and wannabe culture in the age of social media.

Making It also includes “readymades”, whereby artists choose to re-appropriate existing found objects in order to reveal normally overlooked form, beauty and mystery, by inviting audiences to see them with a new perspective in a gallery context. Since the early 20th century, artists have been selecting day-to-day relatively mundane items and reinventing them through subtle interventions, however some of the work on display by Eva Grubinger and Alexandre da Cunha does this to monumental effect.

Leonor Antunes’ installation highlights the histories embedded within material production. Her pain-staking approach to work offers a perspective into forms of labour that retain human and cultural value and provides a counter-balance to our increasingly digitised, fast paced world.

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