Ikon presents a major survey of work by Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan (1941-2009).
The exhibition brings together a selection of Flanagan's iconic bronze sculptures (1980s-90s) alongside earlier works made with rope, sand, cloth, stone, ceramics and light as a sculptural component, largely from the 1960s-70s.
It will offer new insights into the interconnectedness of seemingly distinct periods of Flanagan’s 40-year career, demonstrating an ongoing experimentation with materials and their properties and a symbiosis between abstraction and figuration. It challenges the idea that Flanagan’s later works represent a marked shift in the artist’s approach to art-making. Rather, they represent the distillation of Flanagan’s decades-long fascination with ontology, movement and the physicality of the various materials with which he worked.