Joana Vasconcelos' Time Machine transforms Manchester Art Gallery

By Richard Moss | 26 February 2014

Strange things are afoot at Manchester Art Gallery, where Joana Vasconcelos has intervened both inside and outside the gallery space

Click on the picture below to launch a gallery of images from the show.

Joana Vasconcelos burst onto the scene at the Venice Biennale in 2005 with a large sculpture consisting of more than 25,000 tampons. Since then the Portuguese artist has blazed a colourful trail across the world with her high profile sculptural interventions dealing with socio-political and feminist issues.

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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