Nick Hornby - Zygotes and Confessions by Nick Hornby
Accompanying his first solo exhibition, the London-based artist presents a substantial new body of sculptures exploring portraiture and intimacy in the digital age.
Zygotes and Confessions is a publication devoted to the work of London-based artist Nick Hornby, and has been produced to accompany his first solo exhibition in a public gallery. The exhibition, which shares its title with the publication, is presented at MOSTYN, Wales, UK, from November 2020 to April 2021. Hornby is known for his monumental site-specific works that combine digital software with traditional materials such as bronze, steel, granite and marble. In this publication he presents a substantial new body of smaller, more intimate work comprising three discrete yet interrelated series of works inspired by the history of sculptural busts, modernist abstractions and mantelpiece ceramic dogs. United by glossy photographic surfaces created by means of an industrial process in which his marble and resin composite sculptures are dipped into liquid photographs, these new works explore themes of portraiture, the body, identity, sexuality and intimacy in the digital era. A number of the works have been made in collaboration with fashion photographer Louie Banks. Along with a foreword by Helen Boyd, Head of Marketing and Publisher Relations at the Casemate Group, the publication features a text by MOSTYN director Alfredo Cramerotti and an essay by London-based publisher, editor and writer Matt Price. Price writes: "With one eye on the sculpture of the past and the other on that of tomorrow, technology is at the heart of London-based Nick Hornby's practice and is central to the production of his often imposing, mind-bending and futuristic-looking sculptures. Using materials such as bronze and marble, his work points back towards the Renaissance or the nineteenth century, yet his use of resin and digital technology positions him very much in the present, exploring languages both figurative and abstract, often simultaneously." The texts are presented in both English and Welsh. Newly commissioned studio photography of the works by Ben Westoby, along with installation views of the exhibition commissioned by MOSTYN from Mark Blower, illustrate the publication, which has been designed by Joe Gilmore / Qubik. The publication is co-published by MOSTYN, Wales, UK, and Anomie Publishing, London, and distributed internationally by Casemate Art, a division of the Casemate Group. Nick Hornby (b.1980) is a British artist living and working in London. Hornby studied at the Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art. His work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, Southbank Centre London, Leighton House London, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Glyndebourne, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Museum of Arts and Design New York, and Poznan Biennale, Poland. Residencies include Outset (Israel) and Eyebeam (USA), and awards include the UAL Sculpture Prize. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, frieze, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, The FT, and featured in Architectural Digest and Sculpture Magazine.
About the Author: Nick Hornby (b.1980) is a British artist living and working in London. A graduate of the Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art, he is known for his monumental site-specific works that combine digital software with traditional materials such as bronze, steel, granite and marble. Dr Alfredo Cramerotti is a curator, writer, broadcaster and publisher. He is Director of MOSTYN, Wales, UK. He is also Advisor to the British Council Visual Arts Acquisition Committee, and to the Art Institutions of the 21st Century Foundation. Helen Boyd is Head of Marketing and Publisher Relations at Casemate Group. With an MA from Oxford Brookes University, she began her career as Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing before working as Marketing Coordinator for Taylor & Francis and Associate Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press. She has been with Casemate since 2014. Matt Price is a publisher, editor and writer based in London. He has produced books for publishers including Hatje Cantz, Phaidon, Rizzoli and T&H, and has written many published texts for books and catalogues and for magazines such as Art Monthly, Art Quarterly, ArtReview, Flash Art, frieze, and Modern Painters.
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