Spencer Tunick Installation

Spencer Tunick

 

This is your chance to be part of Art History by joining Spencer Tunick's mass nude installation in Salford's Lowry. Tunick uses his favored material - the nude human body...

 

The Lowry calls for 'everyday people' to participate in 10th birthday project.Salford and Manchester provide a backdrop for a new large-scale installation by international artist Spencer Tunick this May, using his favoured material - the nude human body.

 

The Lowry in Salford is marking ten years of creative excellence by commissioning New York-based Tunick to create an installation across eight locations in the two neighboring cities on 1 and 2 May.

 

Tunick wants 1,000 volunteers to shed both their clothes and their inhibitions for his latest project with The Lowry.

 

Volunteers will be taken, via a caravan of heated buses, to eight locations over the weekend of 1-2 May and asked to pose naked while Tunick creates the installation. The resulting photographic and film work will then be shown at The Lowry from 12 June - 26 September as part of the exhibition.

 

This particular installation with The Lowry represents a new departure for Tunick. The artist is renowned for site-specific landscapes in which he photographs hundreds or even thousands of nude volunteers, and previous installations have been staged in Sydney, Montreal, Melbourne, Santiago, Barcelona and Gateshead, featuring mass gatherings of nude participants posed in artistic formations.

 

In Salford and Manchester, however, Tunick will create his first ever multiple site installation, while the project itself is his first visual response to the work of another artist for the entirety of a project - the work of LS Lowry. Tunick will focus on the concept of 'everyday people' for the Salford and Manchester installation as a reference to the compositional style of LS Lowry, whose figurative works depict a mass of bodies going about their daily life. In contrast to his usual, static com-positional style, Tunick will break new ground in his approach by capturing the movement of everyday people within each photograph.

This is a one-off chance to feature in an international artwork and become part of a global network of Tunick!.

Spencer Tunick explains, "Salford and Manchester presents an intriguing prospect for my latest UK installation based both on the rich industrial heritage that exists across both cities and the art of LS Lowry. LS Lowry's paintings depicting the mass of everyday people who contributed to the industrial machine of the 20th century, also provide an interesting frame of reference in terms of the compositional possibilities of the installations."

 

Spencer Tunick's temporary site-specific installations have been commissioned by the XXV Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002); Institut Cultura, Barcelona (2003); The Saatchi Gallery (2003); MOCA Cleveland (2004) and the Vienna Kunsthalle (2008) among others.

 

Volunteers can register their interest in participating in the Spencer Tunick installation at www.thelowry.com/tunick. The exhibition, Everyday People, Spencer Tunick at The Lowry, takes place between Saturday 12 June - Sunday 26 September 2010. Free entry.

 

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