I was a Teenage Cave Girl, and other works
by Edward Allington
20 May − 2 September 2013
Private View: 20 May, 5-7pm
Edward Allington was born in 1951 in Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria. He studied at Lancaster College of Art, the Central School of Art, and the Royal College of Art, and now lives and works in London, where he is a Professor of Fine Art and Head of Graduate Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Usually identified with the British Object Sculptors of the 1980s, Allington’s practice is centred on drawing and the assimilation of the abhorrent through the use of contemporary artificial objects and classical imagery. Although based upon, and making formal references to, Minimalism and Classicism, Allington’s work also usually alludes to popular culture.
The ancient cultures of Greece and Rome have held a long-standing interest for Allington. References to architectural detail, collectors' artefacts and methods of their display, placement and social context, play their part in his work. His early sculptures were realised in a variety of materials and found objects, but copper and bronze, sometimes combined with other elements such as photographs, have found their way into his repertoire, which hints at the discovery of another world. “Gazing at dislocated fragments in museums,” he observed early in his career, “we can catch a glimpse of another way of living which was orgiastic and physical, even bestial. What we need now is a new understanding of what was lost then.” †
I was a Teenage Cave Girl, and other works will present several drawings, including the title work, and sculptures, from the 1990s to the present day. One of the works, From The Sex of Metals II in galvanized steel (1989), will be located outdoors on permanent display at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus.
The title of the exhibition is taken from a song by cult Japanese girl band the 220.127.116.11s, who are best known for their track Woo Hoo, which featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, and which Allington considers to be, perhaps, the best libretto of all time.
Allington’s work is represented in major national and international collections such as the Tate Gallery, the V&A Museum, the British Museum, Fondation Cartier, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Aichi Prefectural Museum in Nagoya, Japan, as well as numerous private collections worldwide. He has completed major public commissions in the UK, Germany and France. He is a regular contributor to art magazines such as Frieze and Art Monthly, and a book of his collected essays “A Method for Sorting Cows” was published in 1997.
Recent solo exhibitions include: We Are Time, Past and Future Sculpture, Canary Wharf, London (2012); Edward Allington and Vaughan Grylls, The Piper Gallery, London (2012); Trees, Small Fires and Japanese Joints, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London (2012); The Suitcase Works, West Dean College, West Sussex (2010); New Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London (2006)
Group exhibitions include: Terra Galaxia: Aerotropolis, Home and Away, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012); British Sculpture: Landscape in Sculpture as Object, Connaught Brown, London (2011); An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Cabinet, New York (2010); Drawing 2009, The Drawing Room, London (2009); A Process of Living, The City Gallery, Leicester (2008); Drawing Breath, National Art School Galleries, Sydney (2007); Pleasure Gardens (Metamorphoses and Mutations), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2006).
† Courtesy of CASS Sculpture Foundation