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March 2015
Vol. 34 No. 2

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Ivan and Heather Morison: Survival Instinct
by Oliver Lowenstein
Black Pleasure, 2013.Viewers familiar with the British artists Ivan and Heather Morison expect their work to elicit a sense of unease. Anna, a piece of object theater installed in their 2012 Hepworth Wakefield exhibition, showcased their diversity of media and approaches. The installation stretched across scales—from a large, floating balloon tied to a floor-bound wooden stool, a carefully crafted bench, and large-scale wall works to cast concrete planks scattered across the floor, several doubling as low dais for smaller works (including a goose egg carved from chalk; wax, bone ash, and china flowers; and bone-like sculpted miniatures whose blackened bodies reinforced the general sense of unease). Each component served an allegorical function in a story by Anna Kavan, the literary alter ego of Helen Ferguson. Ferguson/Kavan was a 20th-century writer, whose reputation centered...see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.

Black Pleasure, 2013. Timber and glass, 8 x 11 x 20 meters.

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