Art on the Underground unveils most ambitious artwork in its history by British artist, Heather Phillipson

TfL Press Release - Art on the Underground unveils most ambitious artwork in its history by British artist, Heather Phillipson

Artwork by Heather Phillipson at Gloucester Road station.(TfL Image)

  • Part of Art on the Underground’s 2018 programme of women artists as part of the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign
  • 80m artwork will fill the disused platform at Gloucester Road Underground station for the next 12 months
  • Images can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tflpress/albums/72157694574900842

Art on the Underground has today unveiled my name is lettie eggsyrub, a new commission by British artist, Heather Phillipson, on the disused platform at Gloucester Road Underground station.  The artwork is Art on the Underground’s most ambitious project to date, and will be on display at the platform for the next 12 months.

The artwork is a focal point  of Art on the Underground’s year-long programme of women artists, which forms part of the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign  – a major new campaign to draw attention to the progress that has been made by women over the past 100 years and champion the achievements and contributions that women make to London.

Heather Phillipson works in video, sculpture, online media, music, drawing, poetry and installation.

Relationships between human and non-human animals are a recurring theme in her work and for this commission she will focus on the egg as an object of reproduction, subject to human interference.

my name is lettie eggsyrub features various large-scale fibreglass sculptures including two 4-metre-high 3D eggs, a huge automated whisk, twelve 65” video screens and 16 printed panels alongside oversized suspended images. Phillipson’s surreal, comic, and at times uncomfortable aesthetics will extend over the entire length of the 80m platform.

In addition to this installation, Phillipson has created a sequence of images and slogans on vinyl panels that will run the length of the escalator panels at Notting Hill Gate and Bethnal Green Underground stations.

Heather Phillipson, said: 

 “my name is lettie eggsyrub enlarges the egg as a nucleus of conflict. I wanted Gloucester Road station to become a parallel ‘scape’ – a subterranean disturbance, in which hyper-real, creaturely simulations and analogue counterparts dwarf passengers. Using the bold, simplified visual techniques of early computer gaming graphics, both stylistically and as an organising principle, the passing platform becomes a sequence of overlapping vulnerabilities and escape tactics, in which so-called human and avian – winner/loser – roles might reverse.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Heather Phillipson is a bold voice in contemporary British art, and her work at Gloucester Road station is an ambitious project that makes the most of this disused platform space. This artwork is part of a year-long programme focusing on women artists, commissioned by Art on the Underground, to mark 100 years since the first women secured the right to vote. It champions contemporary women artists in the biggest public art gallery in the world and I encourage everyone to look out for artworks at Southwark and Brixton station too.”

Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art on the Underground, said:

 “The disused platform at Gloucester Road is a unique location within the London Underground and one that Art on the Underground has been using since the programme’s inception. This new work by Phillipson is the most expansive work ever created for this site and demonstrates our ambition. Heather has created a phenomenal work with large scale sculpture and video that will be seen and enjoyed by millions. Art on the Underground’s 2018 programme is bringing a broad range of women artists’ voices to London, questioning dominant power structures of the city. Through her new work, Phillipson more than rises to that challenge, questioning our everyday reality and the very basis of our existence – the egg and its myriad social meanings.”

Mark Wild, London Underground Managing Director, said:

 “This is a truly exceptional installation and I’m thrilled that an artwork of this magnitude is on display on the Tube and can add a creative highlight for everyone who uses it every day.”

2018 is the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote. To mark this occasion, Art on the Underground has commissioned a year-long programme exclusively of women artists. This will include major commissions from Heather Phillipson at Gloucester Road station and Linder at Southwark station, the first in a new programme of works at Brixton station by Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Tube Map covers by Romanian nonagenarian artist Geta Brătescu, French artist Marie Jacotey, and British artist Jade Monserrat. The programme is part of #BehindEveryGreatCity – a major new campaign by the Mayor of London to draw attention to the progress that has been made by women over the past 100 years and champion the achievements and contributions that women make to London. Art on the Underground’s 2018 programme is supported by THEOUTNET.COM.

For more information please visit art.tfl.gov.uk

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