Strange things are afoot at Manchester Art Gallery, where Joana Vasconcelos has intervened both inside and outside the gallery spaceClick on the picture below to launch a gallery of images from the show.
A photo of a statue of a naked female holding a globe
A photo of a large crocheted breast on a gallery wall next to an allegorical painting featuring a shipwreck with naked women
a photo of a sculpted horsehead covered in crocheted lace on a gallery wall
an interior shot of the gallery atrium with hanging ornaments suspended from the ceiling
an installation of hanging brightly coloured ornaments
a photo of a large colourful installation in a gallery hung with paintings
a large fruit cake-shaped installation made of plastic sand moulds
a three part installation of flower-like objects made from steam irons
a photo of a helicopter covered in fabric
a photo of a sculptored serpent covered in crocheted fabric on a wall next to a painting
a photo of a colourful crocheted artwork in a frame on a gallery wall
a photo of a vintage car covered in toy rifles
For Time Machine she has been let loose across the Manchester Art Gallery for her most ambitious UK exhibition to date.
Vasconcelos' website describes her creative process as "based on the appropriation, decontextualisation and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities", it also talks about, "the materialization of concepts which challenge the pre-arranged routines of the quotidian".
But with artworks like Big Booby #2, sited next to a typically overblown piece of Victorian eroticism and allegory, William Etty's The Sirens and Ullysees, visitors can expect a pretty direct and playful interpretation of a fine collection.
The exhibition includes her robotic three-part sculpture, Full Steam Ahead, made from domestic steam irons, and 2011’s War Games, which adorns a Morris Oxford with toy guns and cuddly toys.
There's also the welcome chance to see her outrageous 2012 piece Lilicoptere, comprising a helicopter transformed with pink ostrich feathers.
Wherever you are in Manchester Art Gallery, Vasconcelos' work is impossible to miss.
Time Machine continues until June 1 2014.
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Pics: Courtesy the artist / Manchester Art Gallery
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