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The Sculpture Collections: Anne Hardy

Hardy achieves a degree of magic with her installation… Hardy’s installations possess a complexity and pleasure that put her in a class of her own. The Independent, 2015 Leeds Art Gallery presents a new large-scale FIELD work: Falling and Walking [phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhh crrhhhzzz mn huaooogh], (2017) by artist
 Anne Hardy. This immersive ‘walk in’ work incorporates audio, sculptural structures, objects, colour, light and is exhibited in Leeds for the first time. Hardy is known for her large-scale installations where sound, objects, light, colour and drawing seem to take on a life of their own. She invites us to enter a ‘sentient space’ and to experience a work of art that slowly evolves around us. Materials can appear concrete and familiar but everything feels slightly unreal. We are immersed in an artwork, which speaks to all our senses. The environments Anne Hardy constructs hover between depiction and abstraction — staging our encounters with these spaces through careful composition of physical and audio landscapes and precisely coordinated perspectives, which immerse us in a space that is at once functional and illusory. Hardy finds many of the materials, objects and sounds for her FIELD
works on the street: things that have been discarded and have lost their original function. They have become essentially ‘ambiguous’ in the sense 
that they have the possibility of containing two or more ideas simultaneously. Hardy thinks about space in the same way; places can be both strange and familiar, floating between the real and the imaginary. They have something magical — something we have to experience but which is also hard to define. In Hardy’s own words: “they make us aware of ‘the slippery nature’ of our perception of the world.” Anne Hardy will give a talk at the Gallery on Wednesday 2 May, 12.30-2pm, please book to avoid disappointment art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk. Image: Anne Hardy ‘Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh)’ (2017). Commissioned by Art Night and The Contemporary Art Society. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

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