‘au naturel’  (1994) by sarah lucas mattress, melons, oranges, cucumber, bucket © the artist, courtesy murderme and sadie coles hq, london

 

 

sarah lucas: ordinary things
 henry moore institute, leeds, UK on now through october 21, 2012

 

 

‘ordinary things’ is an exhibition of a collection of works by london-based artist sarah lucas held at the henry moore institute in leeds. the showing is curated by lisa le feuvre, head of sculpture studies at the institute, and assembles thirty compositions which turns to the sculptural rather than the sensational, positioning lucas’ work within an art historical lineage that addresses the materials and processes of that discipline. lucas’ pieces are made informed by the human body, an example being ‘au naturel’ (1994), which is a portrait of a couple on a bed, a man portrayed by a cucumber and two oranges; a woman by a pair of melons and a bucket. both confronting creations are constructed from materials that are commonplace, their ‘human’ element made from organic matter that must be replaced as destined decay sets in.

 

the display summons and clearly demonstrates the essence of the artist’s distinct curiosity with the corporeal, provoking the same within the viewer.

sarah lucas: ordinary things installation view

sarah lucas: ordinary things alternate installation view

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘big fat anarchic spider’ (1993) tights, newspaper private collection of acques and rosana seguin, switzerland © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘nud 2’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘nud 26’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘nud 2’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, London

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘penetralia’ (2008) plaster, wood © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘gourd’ (2002) concrete © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

sarah lucas: ordinary things ‘druid’ (2008) plaster, steel wire, wood © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london