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New exhibition featuring outdoor sculpture opens

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A new exhibition named after a song from the Kill Bill II film soundtrack has been unveiled at Glyndŵr University.

I Was A Teenage Cave Girl opened in the Oriel Sycharth Gallery at the Wrexham university on Monday 20 May.

A song of the same name by Japanese group the 5,6,7,8s, whose Woo Hoo track featured in the cult film, is a favourite of the artist Edward Allington, creator of all the works in the exhibition.

A sculpture called From The Sex of Metals II has been installed on the grass outside the main Glyndŵr University building as part of the exhibition – and will remain there once the exhibition closes.

Ed Allington: “It’s great to be here and a real honour for me to have a piece of my work on permanent display outside Glyndŵr University.

“I’ve exhibited worldwide and it’s really pleasing so many people will get to see it here in Wrexham.

“The piece itself is called ‘The Sex of Metals II’ and comes from a series I created in the late 1980s. The only other sculpture on public display from that series is at the Seoul Olympic Park in South Korea.

“I would like to thank the University for organising the exhibition and putting the sculpture on display, I think it’s fabulous.

“And as the piece is made of galvanised steel it should be ok when it rains!”

Estelle Thompson, Professor in Fine Arts and curator of the exhibition, said: “Very few artists have work that can be displayed inside and externally which is why we are so happy to have Ed’s pieces here at Glyndŵr University.

“The exhibition will complement the sculpture and give context for those people walking by and seeing it outside.

“It will also provide a greater sense of what this artist does and that period of creativity.”

Born in Cumbria in 1951, Allington made his name as an artist with the British Object Sculptors of the 1980s.

His practice is centred on drawing and the assimilation of the abhorrent through the use of contemporary artificial objects and classical imagery.

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.

Edward Allington: I Was A Teenage Cave Girl and Other Works, runs from 20 May to 2 September 2013 at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery at Glyndŵr University.

The gallery is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday; 9am to 4pm Friday. Admission is free.

For more information call 01978 293950, email orielsycharth@glyndwr.ac.uk or visit the website www.glyndwr.ac.uk/OrielSycharthGallery.
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