Holly Hendry

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Installation view at Exchange Flags, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Pete Carr 

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Installation view at Exchange Flags, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Pete Carr 

Holly Hendry (b. 1990, London, UK) lives in London. Hendry is interested in defining the architecture of spaces by exploring the possibilities, such as surface, colour and density, inherent in a wide range of materials through her installations. The shifting scales and unusual positioning of her often-monumental works encourage visitors to consider sculpture in dialogue with their surroundings, whilst also considering absence as hollow spaces or voids. 

Exchange Flags, a public square by Liverpool’s Town Hall, is the grand setting for Holly Hendry’s new large-scale commission. The sculpture takes the form of ‘pipe’ sections made from Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) and reflects the artist’s interest in the city’s architecture, from the Williamson tunnels that were purportedly built for land reclamation, to the old dock buried under Liverpool ONE. To bring together this new work, Hendry researched materials and material processes tied to Liverpool, particularly the techniques of the major ship builders of Merseyside, the use of cast iron for manhole covers, and the city’s pioneering employment of architectural supports and precast concrete in panelled buildings.

In Victoria Gallery & Museum’s Tate Hall, Holly Hendry also presents a selection of floor-based sculptures. The works are formed from multi-layered materials including jesmonite, cement and oak, each embedded with foreign objects which reference the artist’s visit to Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum – an institution of medical history and oddities.

Recent exhibitions include The Box, Pippy Houldsworth, London, UK (2017); Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany (2017); Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2017); VITRINE, London, UK (2016); S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK (2014); and Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2014).

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018 is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool BID Company

Holly Hendry, Flatbone, 2017 is commissioned by BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 

Courtesy Arratia Beer

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