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For her full-scale New York gallery debut\, Francis Upritcha rd &ndash\; a London-based New Zealander who represented her country at the 2009 Venice Biennale &ndash\; stages eight figurative sculptures seemingly engaged in a ritualistic war dance. Quite unlike the traditional fiercenes s of such stylized warfare however\, Upritchard&rsquo\;s figures appear to prepare for a different kind of battle\, showing off skills of a different nature. Stance\, expression\, and garb of these delicately modeled sculptur es are focused yet tender and soft\, at times leaning towards awkward\, lim p and visceral.
Gestures\, especially of the hands and elongated finge rs\, suggest a determined dreamy-ness and wistfulness. The figures&rsquo\; skin is built up as if made of wax\; their facial expressions and half-clos ed eyes are introverted and withdrawn. All in all\, these dancers move clos er to the delirious state of a rave than the ferociousness of mock combat.< br />Alluding to a variety of cultural and temporal influences\, Upritchard &rsquo\;s work intimates how effectively the past can be reinterpreted\, ev en manipulated. Here\, the artist takes inspiration from medieval sources s uch as the 11th century Bayeux tapestry as well as the woodcarvings by Nort hern-Renaissance sculptor Erasmus Grasser\, whose work captured the Moresca pantomime and its origins in the sword and mumming dances performed by tro upes of jesters and actors at court and in the streets.
A catalog book published on the occasion of Upritchard&rsquo\;s exhibition at the Notting ham \; Contemporary accompanies the exhibition.
Upritchard&rsquo\; s work has most recently been featured in solo exhibitions at the Marugame Genichiro-
Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art\, Japan (2013)\; Notting ham Contemporary\, UK (2012)\; Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center\, Cincinn ati (2012)\; 53 Venice Biennale\, Italy (2009)\; Artspace\, New Zealand (20 05). Her work has been included in group shows such as Lilliput\, New York High Line\, New York (2012)\; An Exchange with Sol LeWitt\, Massachusetts M useum of Contemporary Art - MASS MoCA\, MA (2011)\; New Zealand at the Veni ce Biennale 2009\, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa\, New Zealand (2 010)\; TarraWarra Biennial 2008\, Lost &\; Found: An Archeology of the P resent\, TarraWarra Museum of Art\, Australia (2008).

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