“Another rupture within the natural landscape, its monumental interior spaces make it a challenge for any artist. In this context, and in its quietude, the work of British artist Lydia Gifford – whose textural abstraction bears affinities to American abstraction by the likes of Eva Hesse and Robert Ryman – might have seemed an even riskier match. Yet, by resisting strategies of confrontation or takeover of the space (which Gifford’s predecessor here, Reto Pulfer, sought to conceal underneath vast textile tents), her sculptures subtly assert their presence by reinstating a human and natural order that resonates quite poignantly and poetically within and beyond the walls.”
Source: May 2016 issue of ArtReview.
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