Monika Sosnowska’s Architectural Sculptures Ruminate on the Politics of Building Materials

Show of the Day: “Structural Exercises” is on view at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Monika Sosnowska, C and Concrete (2017). ©Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.
Monika Sosnowska, C and Concrete (2017). © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

MONIKA SOSNOWSKA

“Structural Exercises”
Hauser & Wirth, London
December 1, 2017-February 10, 2018

What the Gallery Says: “Entitled ‘Structural Exercises,’ the presentation comprises seven distinct sculptural works that together form an immersive exhibition which takes over the North Gallery; it is also the first major project she has staged in London since ‘reconfigured’ at The Serpentine Gallery in 2005.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: It’s the celebrated Polish artist’s first show at the gallery’s London location, and she’s presenting all new sculptural works inspired by her home country’s socialist past, made from construction materials like concrete and reinforcing rods, which allude to how the built environment reflects the dominant political and social systems at play in a society.

What It Looks Like:

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Monika Sosnowska, Pipe (2017). ©Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar 20 (2017). © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Monika Sosnowska, T (2017). © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar 12 (2017). © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar 16 (2017). © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Installation view, “Monika Sosnowska. Structural Exercises’” Hauser & Wirth London. © Monika Sosnowska, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne.


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