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Felicity Powell

20.06.09 – 25.07.09

Felicity Powell: exhibition installation view (photo by Lexi Galitzine) go to the next image

 

真人玩钱麻将游戏" … wax gives rise to thoughts of mortality; it burns, it melts down, it suggests the vanity of the world, the weak candle flame of hope, the deliquescence of flesh. The material implies organic change … Wax cheats death, it simulates life; it proves true and false … " (Marina Warner, from Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (Oxford Universty Press, 2006)

Domo Baal presents Felicity Powell's first solo show in London since her exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Sculpture Galleries (2002 to 2004). This exhibition focuses on a series of works Powell has developed since 2006. A pocket book will be published and will be available in the gallery.

真人玩钱麻将游戏Felicity Powell works in white wax in low relief on the backs of mirrors. Her figurative imagery is full of subtle and macabre humour. The heads she has modelled are always in the process of change, each is infused with metamorphic potential: growing antlers, extruding tentacles or coiffed with spaghetti; as though the known phyla have been infiltrated by subversive and impish genes. The images have the wonder and strangeness of exhibits from a cabinet of curiosities.

The wax on glass is at once dense and translucent, solid and fluid. Powell links the medium's seeming dichotomies at points of exquisite detail, as though the delicate volutes of a miniature ear for instance, can pin down the precise moment of elision between disparities, between known and unknown worlds.

真人玩钱麻将游戏 Mirrors were once sought–after objects of priceless luxury and still today retain something of their mysterious hold on the imagination. Perversely, Powell uses the non-reflective reverse of each mirror. Her work is suffused with reference to the history of materials, to scientific experiment and to art historical tradition (light wax against a dark ground for instance has been used by medal makers of the 17th Century such as the Hamerani family in Rome). Powell’s works bring a contemporary sensibility to these techniques.

真人玩钱麻将游戏Powell's exhibition coincides with 'Medals of Dishonour' (25 June to 27 September 2009) in the Prints and Drawings Gallery (Room 90) at the British Museum. Six years in the planning, 'Medals of Dishonour' is a unique exhibition that focuses on medals that emphatically condemn their subjects and is curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood. Historical medals from the 16th to the 20th Centuries, including those by David Smith and Marcel Duchamp will be exhibited alongside new contemporary medals commissioned through the British Art Medal Trust from Steve Bell, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Yun-Fei Ji, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, William Kentridge, Michael Landy, Langlands and Bell, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Felicity Powell. The newly commissioned contemporary medals depict wide-ranging subjects, from the war in Iraq and consumerism to ASBOs and the environment. The Trust has presented an example of each of the newly commissioned medals to the British Museum for its permanent collection. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

'Medals of Dishonour' at the British Museum and 'Felicity Powell' at domobaal gallery, by Andrew Graham–Dixon
'Gold Medals all around. Two exhibitions champion an age–old counterculture of creating disdainful medals as art – thanks largely to the vision, expertise and skill of Felicity Powell.' A review published in The Sunday Telegraph on 23.08.09, 13 August 2009 (1 page).
'Felicity Powell' in Chinese Contemporary Art Magazine
'Mortality of One Candle' by Felicity Powell, July 2009 (double–page spread).
ncluding an interview with Felicity Powell
Curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum from 25.06.09 to 27.09.09. (external link, 3:28 mins)
News Feature, includes an interview with Felicity Powell (external link, 3:24 mins)
'Medals of Dishonour' in Time Out
Ossian Ward's lead review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 26.07.09 (1 page).
'Medals of Dishonour' in the Big Issue
Martin Coomer's review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 26.07.09 (1 page).
'Medals of Dishonour' in The Sunday Times
Waldemar Janusczak's review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 26.07.09 (2 pages).
'Medals of Dishonour' in the Financial Times
Peter Aspden's review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 05.06.09 (1 page).
'Medals of Dishonour' in the New Statesman
Elizabeth Kirkwood's review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 02.07.09 (2 pages).
'Medals of Dishonour' in The Times
Cristina Ruiz's preview of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 26.05.09 (1 page).
'Medals of Dishonour' in the London Evening Standard
Ben Lewis' review of 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 26.06.09 (1 page).
'Medals of Dishonour' in The Guardian
Frances Stonor Saunders' review 'Medals of Dishonour' curated by Felicity Powell and Philip Attwood, Prints and Drawing Gallery (Room 90) the British Museum. published on 27.06.09 (3 pages).
ArtSlant on Felicity Powell's solo exhibition
Review of Felicity Powell's solo exhibition by Nicholas James. June 2009 (1 page).
Dr. Mark Jones writing about Felicity Powell
Extract from the catalogue to accompany the exhibition Twice Struck, published by Scolar Fine Art, 2001 (1 page).
Felicity Powell in the Sculpture Journal
Writing on her commission 'Drawn from the Well' in the V & A Museum Sculpture Court, 2002 – 2004, published in the Sculpture Journal, 2006 (4 pages).
Crystal Ship
LA Times review by Leah Ollmann of Crystal Ship, at Farmlab, LA, January 2008 (1 page).
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