EXHIBITION: Friday 5th - Saturday 27th October, Wed - Sat, 12 - 6pm
OPENING: Thursday 4th October 2018, 6pm
1961, Marcel Duchamp predicted: “The great artist of tomorrow will go underground.” Visionary artist Cathy Ward returns to the Horse Hospital with the UK debut of her magnum opus ‘Phantasmata’ -- a 23-ft long painting that upends the contemplative intimacy of her well-known obsessively detailed scratchboard drawings of cosmic energy patterns and fancy hairdos.
Marking Ward’s first time exhibiting in the subterranean chambers of the 221-year-old veterinary stable, her solo exhibition “Sub Rosa” is underground in every sense of the word. But even apart from the literal and the Duchampian, Ward’s multimedia works evoke a hermetic abyss of half-remembered dreams and mythological underworlds.
Los Angeles critic Genie Davis described ‘Phantasmata’ as “epic in size and scale, appearing as braided rope, silk cords, feathers, fur, chains, flowers, embroidered fabric – the stuff and scope of dreams.” This major work is paired with the equally immersive film ‘Realm’ which translates two decades of drawings into a seething, hypnotic virtual reality landscape.
On view for the first time ever will be three site-specific abstract caryatid sculptures encasing the building’s original cast iron support pillars -- spiralling fractal psychedelic evocations of the regenerative erotic feminine principle -- blurring the borders between outsider architecture, pagan iconography, and recovered alien technology.
Supplementing these major pieces will be a selection of new and classic works, time-warped in from Ward’s early Horse Hospital shows ‘Transromantik’ (2000) & ‘Sacred Pastures’ (2008) offering a range of microscopic vistas that are as intimately mesmerizing as the new large-scale installations are immersive and sublime.
Sub Rosa is part of the programme celebrating The Horse Hospital’s 25 year anniversary.
Exhibition supported by The Elephant Trust.