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Art Exhibition, Thu 8 Aug - Sun 8 Sep 2019, free entry

Nika Neelova: Ever

Nika Neelova: Ever


_EVER_ is Nika Neelova's first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK, presenting new and existing work by the Russian-born artist. This ambitious sculptural exhibition responds to, and is in dialogue with, the building's unique art deco architecture.

Often utilising reclaimed architectural materials, Neelova is interested in the way materials and architecture influence our sense of time and place. Her sculptures are created by employing tactics of 'reverse archaeology' - considering an alternative reading of human history by examining found objects and architectural debris, and transforming them beyond functionality. In these works the human body and touch remains a vestigial memory.

_EVER_ brings together many of Nika Neelova's sculptures for the first time. At the centre of the exhibition is a new large-scale sculptural installation in The Tetley's atrium. Connecting with the building's past, it recalls the restoration and transformation of the atrium into a gallery space and incorporates original materials such as parquet floor tiles and oak panelling salvaged from The Tetley building.  Featuring these discarded architectural fragments, the installation creates a transitional space depicting, and derived from, places that once existed. For Neelova, it takes the form of a 'landscape in ruin', presenting different layers of reworked and reimagined architectural, sculptural and geological artefacts.

In addition to this ambitious new installation, _EVER_ also features a number of existing geological and architectural sculptures, including Neelova's _Lemnsicate _sculpture series made from wooden bannisters reclaimed from houses awaiting demolition. The bannisters, which once acted as the meeting point between human body and architecture are repurposed and fitted together so that they each form an infinite loop. Also presented are Neelova's _Folded Room_ sculptures, foldable steel structures that replicate the perimeter of the artist's studio, and _Stratigraphies_, a series of works that replicate the geological process of sedimentation with layers of studio residue and dust fixed in jesmonite.

_EVER_ is supported by Arts Council England. A continuation of the project will also be shown at Brighton CCA in 2020.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 8 Aug - Sun 8 Sep 2019 10:00 to 00:00


Free entry

Donations welcome



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