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Economist Plaza Exhibition: Angela Wright – Economist Carpet

The Economist Plaza, 25 St James's Street, London, 2009, ©Paul Farmer and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence courtesy: The Creative Commons Licence photo: Paul Farmer
The Economist Plaza, 25 St James's Street, London, 2009, ©Paul Farmer and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence courtesy: The Creative Commons Licence photo: Paul Farmer

24 October 2001—7 January 2002

Consultancy, Economist Plaza

The Economist Plaza
25 St James's Street
London, SW1A 1HG United Kingdom

In the foyer exhibition space of The Economist Tower Angela Wright created a floor-based installation entitled Economist Carpet. The work was made up of thousands of pieces of porcelain clay carefully stacked against each other, producing a large area resembling a petrified fleece.

It will wind its way round the L-shaped space in an irregular organic strip flooded with coloured light. The unfired clay fragments are the chance remains of woven & shrink-cracked clay ‘nets’. The stark, solid form of the surrounding architecture will be softened by the introduction of this densely packed installation, while the solid yet fragile porcelain shards reflect the delicate details in the surrounding Portland stone.

All of Wright’s major installations develop through studio-sketches whose form is only finalised in relation to a specific site. Economist Carpet will be made in situ & in real time – its relations with its austere architectural setting, and its other effects and meanings, will emerge during its making. In the early 1980s Wright attended the London College of Fashion and subsequently ran a couturier and design business in central London.

Wright graduated from the BA Fine Art and Ceramics course at Camberwell School of Art, London Institute, in 1995 and has since exhibited widely. Group exhibitions have included the touring exhibition Angels and Mechanics (1996), Bankside Browser, internet project, Tate Gallery, London (1999), and 4 Artists at Christie’s, Christie’s Auctioneers, London (2000). Solo projects have included Imbedded, at Christie’s, London (1999), and An Installation in Silk at Five Princelet Street Gallery, London (2001).

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