Anthea Hamilton:

    Rice Cake

    4 x 4 x .75 inches
    Edition of 25

    Incorporating examples of cultural appropriation and pop culture in her work, Anthea Hamilton (born 1978 in London, UK, lives and works in London) mines countercultures in music, fashion, and design (such as disco in the 1970s) and their entrance into the mainstream. Hamilton questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media in her sculptures and videos. Her work was included in Better Homes at SculptureCenter in 2013 before she had her first solo institutional exhibition in the United States, Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, was on view at SculptureCenter in 2015, for which she was nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize.

    Featured in Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, Rice Cake depicts a nutritionally light food common in many Asian cuisines and popularized in the West as a diet staple in the 1980s, rendered in glass. The elegant material gleams and shines, solid and inedible now, achieving another state of allure. These displacements and associations recur in many of Hamilton's works, which navigate the strange literalness often created through the merging of an image and an object.

    Hamilton has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London (2018); White Cubicle, London (2017); and Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2016). Recent group exhibitions include May You Live In Interesting Times, Biennale di Venezia 58, Venice, Italy (2019); As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England (2019); Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture 1950s-Present, from the Tate Collection, and Palais Populaire, Berlin, Germany (2019). Her work is included in many notable collections, including the Tate Britain, London; Arts Council Collection, London; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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