VICTORIA RANCE: THE NIGHT HORSE AND THE HOLY BABOON Sculptures, Drawings, Photographs and Animations 2007-2017 23-30 October 2017 The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ

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Monday, 23 October 2017 to Monday, 30 October 2017
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 6:00pm

VICTORIA RANCE: THE NIGHT HORSE AND THE HOLY BABOON
Sculptures, Drawings, Photographs and Animations 2007-2017
23-30 October 2017
The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ

A ten-year retrospective of over 70 works by one of the UK’s leading and innovative sculptors. The winner of the Mark Tanner Award, with two exhibitions at Sculpture at Goodwood under her belt, Victoria has completed a series of prestigious commissions over the past ten years from London’s Economist Plaza, Chelsea Physic Garden and St Andrew’s Church Waterloo to De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill and Glyndebourne Opera, East Sussex.  Her versatile yet distinctive works -  from sculpture to wear to architectural installations to tiny talismanic objects - have earned her invitations to international exhibitions as well as Arts Council England and European Cultural Foundation awards.

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Two new works for this Cello Factory retrospective are large scale mixed media sculptures of two mythical creatures: The Nigerian ‘Night Horse’ and the Egyptian ‘Holy Baboon’. The Night Horse can be ridden without anyone seeing the rider. The story is that you can ride the horse to kill your enemies in secret and return unnoticed.  The Holy Baboon is a temple guardian that watches over sacred places and morality. The Holy Baboon believes that murder is wrong - so the two separate creatures face each other. The work relates to contemporary politics as it was initially inspired by Victoria’s experience of meeting liberal-minded people who said that they would personally like to murder President Trump, an act that they believe to be noble and morally right. The themes of invisibility, morality, ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ selves run throughout Rance’s work.

In 'Otherworld', a series started in 2015, Rance looks at the connections, real and mythological, between humans, animals and nature. She creates ‘families’ of tiny detailed pewter sculptures and sets them in tableaux scenes. The mythological character ‘Loki’ is a key figure in this group. Loki is a mischievous shape-shifting figure who moves between man and gods like Hermes.  Previews of ‘Otherworld’ have been shown at Morley Gallery and Lubomirov-Angus-Hughes London, but this will be first time that the series has been shown in its entirety.

Victoria Rance has an ongoing interest in feminism and the place of women in society on an international level.  She has travelled widely to investigate the spaces, physical and emotional that women occupy around the world, for example historical harems and the female-only areas of mosques. She creates sculptures for women to step into - that suggest liberation, protection and imprisonment at the same time - to give the audience time to reflect on these issues.  Renowned feminist art critic Katy Deepwell wrote of Space for a Woman: “This ornate work is a cage, a screen trapping its subject into a corner. The ambivalence is clear in the way that this structure offers protection and security but it leaves no room to manoeuvre. It’s a ‘freedom’ in security which involves considerable sacrifice.”  Rance won a European Cultural Foundation Travel Award for a residency in Istanbul in 2011 for this project.

“Rance provides us with the phonemes of a visual language, the minimal visual signifiers that the viewer needs, once drawn into these works, to participate in a language that speaks of the richness, complexity and depth of life itself."
Charles Pickstone, Image Journal USA

 

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Press Contact: Jessica Wood, + 44 (0)7939 226988
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VICTORIA RANCE: THE NIGHT HORSE AND THE HOLY BABOON
Sculptures, Drawings, Photographs and Animations 2007-2017
23-30 October 2017
The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ
Open: Daily 12noon-6pm
Private View: Tuesday 24 October 6pm-9pm
Tube: Waterloo
Website: https://victoriarance.eventbrite.co.uk
Email:  cellofactory@artsmediacontacts.co.uk
Telephone: 07958 977992
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Victoria.Rance
Instagram: @victoria_rance
Twitter: @VictoriaRance
Blog: www.victoriarance.com

Press Contact:  Jessica Wood, cellofactory@artsmediacontacts.co.uk + 44 (0)7939 226988

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The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ

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