‘Beautiful Strangeness’, the first solo-London sculpture exhibition by artist Tanya Tier
Current Show ‘Beautiful Strangeness’, the first solo-London sculpture exhibition by artist Tanya Tier
Capturing a magical, abstract world of intrigue and wonder, Tanya Tier’s work ranges from playful surrealism to enchanting taxidermy sculptures which open the mind, stir the heart and bring a sense of quiet awe. ‘Beautiful Strangeness’ features 20 unique works which include some inspired twists on the theme of taxidermy, meticulously reimagined by artist Tanya Tier. From a small bird which appears to be transcending the confines of its glass container, to a gas mask with antlers from the ‘Death of Narnia’ series, each piece is captivating and superbly crafted. This is the first time Tier’s work is being shown in a solo-exhibit in London. ‘My practice is concerned with themes of magic, enchantment, time, illusion, other worlds and the secret anarchy of science,’ Tier says. ‘I am looking at questions which arise from the world of quantum physics and the metaphysical, and how a corrupted form in one dimension might be quiddity in another. My objects are like specimens brought back from beyond the looking glass … the result of a breach in the membrane between parallel universes, which has allowed something uncanny to crash through into our world. The greatest beauty can be found in strangeness.’
The exhibition will take place at London’s The Society Club, Soho, from Thursday 20th September 2012.
Tanya Tier is an English artist who has exhibited both in the UK and internationally (Brussels, Rome, Madrid). She was also invited by the British Council to fly to Johannesburg and Cape Town to research and produce artworks for an exhibition to mark ten years of democracy in South Africa for an exhibit that took place in Johannesburg and London. Tanya has also produced political cartoons and written and filmed her own sketches for TV. Her artwork has appeared most recently at The Lethaby Gallery and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (where contemporary art responds to ancient artefacts) in London. She was recently awarded the Phoebe Llewellyn Smith Award for sculpture, and her work has also been shortlisted for the Debut Contemporary Award. Tanya lives and works in London.