Exhibition: The Material Revolution
The Throat is a Threaded Melody
29 April – 1 July 2023
Opening: Saturday 29 April, 12:00–18:00
Kira Freije, the sudden sleep, 2022
The Throat is a Threaded Melody by Kira Freije forms part of E-WERK’s 2023 programme The Material Revolution, a year of programming dedicated to activating new material approaches and territories in order to stimulate urgent change to the cultural sector and inspire action led thinking.
The exhibition will present a collection of new figurative metal sculptures by the artist, made specifically for E-WERK’s Turbine Hall. Meandering pathways formed within the space host cinematic interjections of human archetypes. Themes of power and powerlessness jostle with the prosaic infrastructures of the street and interior. Headlights stream past to momentarily reveal the bustle and frequency within the human relationships at play. The fleeting but pervasive glow of transportation riffs off the close proximity of E-WERK to the train tracks running behind it.
The recurring use of lamps in Freije’s work act as markers of space and time. Throughout the exhibition lies contradictory energy between material production and emotional rigour. Employing cold forming metal working with sand casting to formulate figures in various states of action or contemplation, Freije warps traditional and light industrial metalworking techniques. The figures on view are both emotionally and industrially constructed into reflective beings with a surreal possession of the cadence of daily ritual.
About Kira Freije
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts (2016) Freije has developed an original vocabulary of sculpture using metal, fabric, silkscreened images and found materials. Freije’s work fluctuates between figuration and abstraction, drawing on the history of sculpture to create a unique body of work that touches on the surreal.
Forthcoming exhibitions in 2023 will be held at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK; Cample Line, Scotland, UK; Kestle Barton, Cornwall, UK, Gianni Manhattan, Vienna, Austria.