Modern Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Eva Rothschild at its Bury Street gallery. This is Rothschild’s sixth solo exhibition with Modern Art.
Eva Rothschild’s sculptures are underpinned both by the legacy of modernist sculpture – notably the work of Hepworth, Brancusi, and Hesse - and the enduring forms of classical architecture. Typically using materials such as Jesmonite, Perspex, steel, polystyrene and ceramic, Rothschild’s work attends to relationships between objects and bodies, and to creating conversation between individual sculptures. Often grouped together in order to highlight dynamics between form, colour, and mass, Rothschild creates social spaces, both indoor and outdoor. How objects and materials acquire religious, spiritual and magical meanings is a question that her work continues to explore through its particular sculptural language that is always located somewhere between geometric and organic, and abstraction and figuration.
The title of Rothschild’s exhibition for Modern Art conveys the idea of solace, reflecting the pull of her focus inwards over the past two years, following her large-scale installation at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The central three new sculptures of Rothschild’s show, Sphinx, Madonna and Empath, respectively, are cast in Jesmonite, which belies their unexpectedly soft, pensive nature. Installed on Bury Street’s ground floor, they have been created with the domesticity of the space in mind, which they delineate with an indeterminate, shimmering quality, in contrast to her signature hard-edge black forms that sharply determine the space around them. Human-scale and painted in pale green, purple, peach, and pink, they carry a fresh vulnerability, inviting a closer, more direct encounter with the body than their predecessors might have. Consistent with Rothschild’s work more generally, her new sculptures are episodic forms, which is to say it is as though they could be broken down into smaller components or extended infinitely – a notion referenced by the Möbius shape of one of the works. Their heavy plaster bases are suggestive of a mold in use, supporting them as well as being a part of them, as though - made of the same matter - like mother and child, one was born of the other.
Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971, and she lives and works in London. Rothschild has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2010-11), Public Art Fund, New York (2011), the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2012), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2014) and Lewis Cubitt Park, Kings Cross (2020). In 2014, Rothschild was named a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy in London, and in 2019 she represented Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia. Rothschild's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Void, Derry (2021); VISUAL, Carlow (2020); City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, (2019); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018); The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, (2016-17); Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Nasher (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007) and the Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2004). Rothschild’s solo show Hot Touch in 2011 was the inaugural show at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. The artist’s work is included in several institutional collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carnegie Museum Collection, Pittsburgh, PA, USA and the Tate Collection, London.