sarah lucas: ordinary things
sarah lucas: ordinary things sarah lucas: ordinary things
aug 14, 2012

sarah lucas: ordinary things

‘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.

installation view

alternate installation view

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

‘nud 2’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

‘nud 26’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

‘nud 2’ (2009) tights, fluff, wire © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, London

‘penetralia’ (2008) plaster, wood © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

‘gourd’ (2002) concrete © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

‘druid’ (2008) plaster, steel wire, wood © the artist, courtesy sadie coles hq, london

  • Viva…LA Sexy!

    Luke says:
  • creative observation, by the artist

    vinay says:
  • this pseudo-provocative art makes me yawn. Seriously, concrete cocks?

    manu says:

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