MOSTYN Open 21 Audience Award-winner Nick Hornby’s first UK solo exhibition comprises a new series of sculptures.
Hornby brings high-tech processes to figuration, pulling historical, material forms into the era of screen culture. His works defy conventional distinctions of form and media and exhibit instead what Hornby terms ‘meta-cubism.’ The sculptures are produced using digital and industrial processes.
The artist particularly explores gender and sexual identity through these featured works. Whilst Hornby’s work has previously resisted autobiographical connotations here he explores a sense of personal intimacy. Hornby’s work is also playfully evasive, amplifying their fluidity.
Nine of these new sculptures were made with the photographer Louie Banks, celebrated for his photographs of transgender models and drag queens. From a distance, the high gloss finish of the works – morphing portrait busts and ‘mantelpiece dogs’ – have a compelling tactility. The flickering between and blurring of identities within Hornby’s sculptural works serves to bring another dimension to the genre of portraiture, shifting from sculpture to photography and back again, all the while seductive and elusive.
This exhibition was curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN's Director.