Gravity and Grace showcases more than thirty pieces of work by El Anatsui, an African artist, born in Ghana in 1944. He has since achieved global success living and working in Nigeria and some consider him to be one of the most important innovators in abstract art today.
El Anatsui experiments with found materials, initially working with wood, until his discovery of a discarded bag of aluminium liquor bottle tops, which led him to explore this malleable material. The majority of the pieces on display are created out of scraps of metal linked together to create large hangings, some suspended from the ceiling and others beautifully draped against the walls. All of Anatsui’s work is tailored to the space it occupies each time it’s installed. From a distance the distinct logos and bright colours of the bottle tops merge together giving the appearance of a delicate, undulating fabric, glistening as the light reflects from the shiny metal mosaic.