An installation that promises to be funny, challenging and striking in equal measure
The Whitworth’s wallpaper collection is full of papers that are funny, challenging and striking, and it felt fitting to reopen with a wallpaper-based installation that promises to be all of these things. This installation sees the gallery walls covered with Sarah Lucas Tits in Space (2000), in which multiple pairs of cigarette-encrusted orbs float against a pitch black background. Alternating between the risqué and the cosmic, Tits in Space embodies the ranging – often contradictory – mood of Lucas’ work. The use of cigarettes to suggest breasts (as well as planetary bodies) reflects her wider use of found objects – whether food or furniture or cars – as loaded metaphors for the body, and for the formulaic ways in which we visualise it.
In front of the wallpaper sits a selection of sculptures by the internationally renowned British artist. Their diverse and sometimes playful appearances harbour a mass of implications about gender stereotypes, war, death, and the very way we consume the world around us.
Sarah Lucas's exhibition runs from 14 February to 19 July 2015. Free entry.