Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent works by the renowned Spanish sculptor Cristina Iglesias. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery, opening during London Gallery Weekend and scheduled to coincide with her Royal Academy of Arts commission, Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape) (2022), a large-scale sculptural environment in the Annenberg Courtyard at Burlington House from early June through the summer.
Over decades, Iglesias has evolved and developed a distinctive sculptural vocabulary that unites architecture, literature, and site-specific cultural influences in immersive built environments, autonomous sculptures, and wall works. She employs a formal language that brings the abstract together with the natural and the artificial, rendered in diverse materials that include metals, stone, ceramic, and concrete. From cunningly mechanized Baroque structures to labyrinths, screens, tidal pools, and deep wells, she poetically redefines space by conflating interior and exterior to produce unexpected new sensory sites for the viewer.
The exhibition in London features works from Iglesias’s ongoing Entwined and Growth series, dense cyborg accumulations of real and imagined vegetal matter. Iglesias composes these by welding sections of cast aluminum, then studding the composite structures with free-form cabochons of colored glass, improvised directly on their surfaces. The Entwined works of 2022 are mural reliefs that spread invasively across the gallery walls, while Growth I (2018) is a freestanding sculpture in five adjacent parts that the viewer can enter to glimpse the world from within its textured contours. Its rhizomatic forms twist and torque, forming a dense yet open thicket. Aligned with the organic exuberance and grotesque theatricality of the Baroque imaginary, the effect is that of a primal sanctuary from the realm of science fiction, rendered in opulent detail.