For his first solo exhibition in London for over ten years, Eric Bainbridge brings together a series of new sculptural works made from steel and other materials. Using steel for the first time, Bainbridge has drawn himself close to a conversation with 1950s and 1960s modernist abstraction particularly embodied by sculptors David Smith and Anthony Caro. These new works combine formal, absurd and unexpected elements and highlight the duality which has run through Bainbridge’s career.
Always interested in the surface of things, since the 1970s Bainbridge has used various materials, including fake fur and melamine. Often described as kitsch, his preferred objects and materials are found in everyday life, second hand shops, scrap metal yards and DIY stores – readily available and cheap. He has blown objects up to outsize proportions, covered them and piled them up in a variety of balancing acts. Bainbridge incorporates multiple components and reference points, including concepts and inspiration from art history and today’s cultural field.