New Sculpture & Drawing
Rachel Whiteread’s third exhibition at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill opens on Friday 26 May 2017. The show features new and recent works made over the past two years, including a unique double-door sculpture, resin and concrete casts of windows and walls, as well as large new works made with papier-mâché.
Whiteread is best known for her sculptures made by casting everyday objects and familiar elements of architecture such as doors, windows, bookshelves and sheds in rubber, plaster, resin and concrete. Due Porte, the largest resin work in this show, is the cast of a monumental double door found in a Roman palazzo.
The exhibition will also include recent works made from pulped paper. Cast like a construction material to suggest corrugated iron and other industrial surfaces, these papier-mâché works are covered in metal leaf and subsequently drawn over.
The technique derives directly from the artist’s commitment to drawing, a medium that Whiteread has described as “a therapeutic process”.
While her sculpture are often large-scale, requiring long execution and a team of assistants, drawings and collages keeps a fresh trace of the intimacy involved in her artistic process.