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 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!, 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.

    Anthea Hamilton was born in 1978 in London, where she continues to live and work. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2018); kaufmann repetto, Milan (2018); Tate Britain, London (2018); and White Cubicle, London (2017. Recent group exhibitions include May You Live In Interesting Times at the Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England (2019); and Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture from the Tate Collection, 1950s-Present, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin, Germany (2019).

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