What does a cat in crochet and a helicopter adorned with pink ostrich feathers, Swarovski Crystals and gold leaf have in common? Manchester. Or Manchester Art Gallery to be precise. The interior and exterior of the gallery have been transformed by the subversive, large-scale sculptures of Portugese artist Joana Vasconselos.
Hefty patchwork tubes and funnels in bright knits and sequinned fabric snake across the ceiling, the sculptures dripping in tassels and pom-pom trims.
“It’s like a temple!” my son exclaimed as we followed the snake like sculpture, entitled Britannia 2014, to the first floor and beyond.
Time Machine not only places Vasconselos work about the structure of the building but positions some of her other pieces amidst more traditional works; drawing you away from Victorian eroticism and towards works like big booby #2, 2011, a wonderous crocheted mound.
It is the first time her three robotic sculptures, depicting steam irons arranged in the shape of flower petals, have been shown.
This is Joana Vasconselos’ first major exhibition in the UK, catch it whilst you can. It’s amazing.