Black Maria comes to King’s Cross

Having played host to an electric Christmas tree , a Quayola video installation and a filling station-turned restaurant over the past year, London’s King’s Cross is enjoying something of an art-assisted focus of late.

RELAY - Black Maria, by  Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King' Cross
RELAY – Black Maria, by Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King’s Cross

Now, British sculptor Richard Wentworth and emerging Zurich-based architecture practice GRUPPE are looking to the area to create a new temporary structure entitled Black Maria, to be sited in The Crossing public atrium space that conjoins the Granary Building to the recently-opened Central St Martins art school campus.

RELAY - Black Maria, by  Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King' Cross
RELAY – Black Maria, by Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King’s Cross

The structure will be used as a space for discussion, performance and moving image works.

RELAY - Black Maria, by  Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King' Cross
Sketch for RELAY – Black Maria, by Richard Wentworth with GRUPPE at King’s Cross

The piece will form part of the Relay scheme, which uses artworks to gradually highlight different parts of King’s Cross as it undergoes major renovation work.

Richard Wentworth's photography

Source: Courtesy of Richard Wentworth and Lisson Gallery

Richard Wentworth’s photography

The installation will coincide with Wentworth’s forthcoming solo show at the nearby Lisson Gallery, which will present a new series of photographs alongside his sculptural works.

Richard Wentworth's photography

Source: Courtesy of Richard Wentworth and Lisson Gallery

Richard Wentworth’s photography

As with Wentworth’s sculpture, the photographs use everyday objects, patterns and odd situations to examine the ‘uneasy qualities of the mundane’, according to the gallery.

Richard Wentworth's photography

Source: Courtesy of Richard Wentworth and Lisson Gallery

Richard Wentworth’s photography

The show will also feature a new site-specific installation, A Room Full of Lovers, inspired by the calculations used by Gaudi in constructing Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. Wentworth has created the piece using steel chains anchored from the ceiling, falling at various points around the gallery space to ‘explore the role of gravity and perception as artistic tools’, says Lisson Gallery.

Wentworth and Gruppe’s installation will be in place from 13 February, and the Lisson Gallery show runs from 30 January – 9 March at 52-54 Bell Street, London NW1

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