Zak Ové

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Autonomous Morris
Smithson Plaza, LondonIn collaboration with Tishman Speyer, Vigo Gallery and Encounter Contemporary Smithson Plaza, 25, 26 & 27 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1HJ
5 October – 28 February 2019

 

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British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové debuts his largest mask-sculpture to date at the newly reopened Smithson Plaza in London’s St James’s neighbourhood. The totemic sculpture comprises discarded car parts welded together including several vintage Morris bonnets, a nod to the tradition of Morris dancing that came to the UK by way of the Moors. Autonomous Morris is described by Ové as motorised ‘Macco’ – in other words, a busybody prying to other people’s business. ‘My sculpture highlights my belief in the power or play embodied in masquerade, to liberate a sense of self and provide an alternate or evolving creative space both personal and communal,’ explains the artist. ‘Autonomous Morris soaks up contemporary oral history and information, recording and storing as a “never forgetterer”.‘