The scene is set! On February 6, American artist KAWS debuts his first UK museum exhibition at none other than Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I remember first coming across YSP back in July 2011 when Spanish artist Jaume Plensa had his stunningly surreal show there. Now KAWS has stepped up to the plate bringing six massive sculptures, made of natural and black-stained wood and measuring between six and 10 meters tall, to their outdoor grounds.
Judging from the first images, you can see that the sculptures all display a wide variety of emotions. As YSP states, they “are simultaneously spectacular and plaintive. Once bright, iconic characters are rendered in disheartened, world-weary poses; imposing yet full of pathos, they point to an array of psychological narratives, suggesting compassion, surprise and despair.”
KAWS will be showing over 20 works. There will be sculptures in bronze, fiberglass, aluminum and wood alongside large canvases in acrylic paint. You can watch a behind-the-scenes video of KAWS’ ten-meter-tall sculpture Small Life (2013) come to life, below. The show runs from February 6 to June 12, 2016. This is a must-visit!
KAWS at YSP
Photos by Jonty Wilde via Supertouch