Alice Channer's Hard Metal Body adorns Notting Hill Gate for Art on the Underground

By Paul Lacey | 16 April 2012
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Full Metal Body, a new concept by Alice Channer, adorns Underground elevators
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A new artwork called Hard Metal Body, by artist Alice Channer, has been unveiled at Notting Hill Gate Underground station as part of the Art on the Underground Central Line series.

The artwork, which opened on March 29, is installed on both sides of the escalator walls leading to the Central Line platform, described by the British artist as “figurative sculpture without the body”.

The installation uses a series of rough ellipses, varying in size and figuration so that travelling past them in quick succession on the escalator gives the impression of looking at images in a flick book.

The ellipses were created using manual, industrial and post-industrial methods. Elastic waistbands from clothing were rolled against ink, pressed against paper, digitally scanned, manipulated, and finally reproduced on vinyl.

“The work describes my attempt as a human being and as an artist to breathe through and with, rather than against, the things that shape the work,” says the London-based artist.

“It describes an exchange between human and non-human forces.”

The exhibit follows the Central Line series’ theme of communication and exchange, spread across 45 stations and six zones of the underground network. It has also featured art by Michael Landy and Ruth Ewan.
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