A dual exhibition drawing connections between the sculptural work of these two artists.
Gertrude Hermes’s engravings of natural scenes straddle the boundary between landscape and still life, throwing the finest details into stark relief in an assertive balance of light and shadow. Her prints won her widespread acclaim, but it was her little-known sculptural work that remained a primary passion. The Hepworth Wakefield brings together these lesser-known three dimensional pieces in line with her sizable print-based oeuvre, offering an insight into her formidable ability as both a skilled carver and a deft draftsman.
The museum’s parallel show is a solo presentation of ‘contemporary surrealist’ Enrico David, the first since his Turner Prize nomination in 2009. Although he works across painting, embroidery and installation, his practice is firmly based in the instantaneous action of drawing, offering a comparative similarity to Hermes’s relationship with both print work and sculpture. His witty, disconcerting narratives explore human relationships in an unsettling tableau of bizarrely shaped bodies and deranged faces.