Rice Cake, 2015
4 x 4 x 3/4 inches
Edition of 25
Courtesy the artist
Incorporating examples of cultural appropriation and pop culture in her work, Anthea Hamilton (born 1978 in London, UK) 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 first solo institutional exhibition in the United States, Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, was on view at SculptureCenter in 2015 and 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 is based in London and has had solo exhibitions at firstsite in Colchester, UK (2012); the Tanks at Tate Modern, London, UK (2012); and the Chisenhale, London, UK (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Don't You Know Who I Am? – Art After Identity Politics at MuKHA, Antwerp (2014); the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); the Glasgow International (2014); and Better Homes (2013) at SculptureCenter.
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