by Sarah Entwistle
November 23 2018 - February 09 2019
Etage Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Sarah Entwistle [b.1979] entitled, ‘All that I have acquired in life is yours for the taking, and in fact you must take it.’ Installed as a series of still lives the exhibition continues the artist’s dialogue with the archive of her late grandfather and fellow architect, Clive Entwistle [1916-1976].*
Fascinated by the architectural historical practice of ‘Spolia’ in which parts of buildings are dismantled and repurposed Entwistle’s work is made by unraveling and vandalizing the archive, filtering it for usable fragments, remnants and off cuts. Transfiguring small details and arbitrary markings into a visual landscape.
The still lives are composed of expressive ceramic objects, works on paper and a series of monumental raw steel wall lights staged around three large hand woven carpets; the outcome of an ongoing partnership with Moroccan weaver Kebira Aglou. The painterly compositions of the weavings and gestural surface design of the ceramics borrow from textures in the archive. Entwistle has extracted and magnified these scars and traces of her grandfather’s process in motion; pencil scratches, ink blots, paint strokes coupled together with the repeated motifs of the sphere, double cone, arrow, cross, tick mark and question mark. The ceramic works with sculptural volumes and extrusions sit at the periphery of functional works and sculptural abstraction.
A further component of the still lives are a series of two framed works on paper. These large format archival architectural prints have been overlaid with blooms of marbling ink, partly defacing and submerging the original drawings.
Sarah Entwistle [b.1979, London] lives Berlin, studied at The Bartlett, London, and the Architectural Association, London, where she subsequently taught a design unit. Her solo show In Short, in Theory and with a Bit of Luck, 2012, at the Architectural Association marked the beginning of her engagement with the archive of her late grandfather. She is the 2014 recipient of the Le Corbusier Foundation Grant for Visual Artists and in 2015 presented a solo exhibition, He was my father and I an atom destined to grow into him, at the Le Corbusier foundation in Paris. The exhibition coincided with the publication of her experimental biography, Please send this book to my mother, Sternberg Press, 2015.
She was the recipient of the Graham foundation for the advanced studies in fine art, Chicago, publication and production grant in 2014. She is 2017 recipient of the Artists International Development Fund, Arts Council England for which she is developing an ambitious site-specific installation for the Zevaco House, Casablanca, in collaboration with curator Salma Lahlou. In March 2019 a further iteration of this project will be presented as a solo exhibition with Signs and Symbols, New York, curated by Mitra Khorasheh.
* In 2011 Clive Entwistle’s astounding personal effects re-emerged from a Manhattan storeroom, where they had been retained for 30 years. The contents include extensive visual and textual material detailing Clive’s years in Paris, London, Tangiers and New York and is largely comprised of unrealized projects and prototypes.