This Spring, The Hepworth Wakefield welcomes the UK premiere of new work by acclaimed British artist Anthony McCall. The new solo exhibition, Solid Light Works, marks the first major UK appearance of McCall’s work in over a decade. The work consists of light projections which hang in mid-air, seemingly solid, turning mathematics into emotionally resonant artwork.  McCall withdrew from the art world at the end of the 1970s, after making his name with a series of ‘solid-light’ sculptures throughout the decade. Three decades later, witnessing the developments in digital projection and haze machines, McCall finally had the means to realise his ambitious artistic goals. The work from this period culminated in a mesmerising body of ephemeral, geometrical work. Three of the installations at The Hepworth are on show for the first time in the UK. These solid-light works invite audience interaction, as they blur the boundary between the physical and the intangible, sculpture and cinema. Anthony McCall is now based in Manhattan, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States in the last decade. Given how sporadically McCall visits the UK these days, this is a rare chance to witness the work of a uniquely ambitious contemporary artist, and well worth the trip out to Wakefield.

Fri 16 Feb – Sun 3 Jun, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW. Tel: 01924 247360, times & days vary, FREE,

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Fri 16 Feb - Sun 3 Jun
William Felix Robinson
Published on:
Thu 3 May 2018