5th June – 11th July 2015
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Emily Floyd’s work “… takes shape at the intersections where sculpture meets public space and design collides with social crisis. It embraces elements of expanded sculpture and a range of print media and typographic artifacts, including the poster and the manifesto. Floyd renegotiates the possibility of public address, critically engaging in increasingly diverse and unpredictable viewership in debate. The topics of that exchange range from such urgencies as labour conditions in a world where work has become increasingly immaterialized, the traumas of migration at a time when exile is the norm, and the imperative of self-organization as unprecedented and improvised forms of community emerge across the globe. Indeed, Floyd’s work gestures toward new forms of sociality, for which the artwork can serve both as provocation and as venue. Her project for the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Labour Garden, is an example of that theme.”
Ranjit Hoskote, ‘Emily Floyd’, in All The World’s Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2015, p. 328
Index, 2015 is a new series of unique state screen prints made in collaboration with Negative Press and representing a catalogue of Floyd’s ongoing library project. Texts are rendered as brightly coloured blocks, continuing the artist’s long term interest in the confluence of Cultural Studies and radical forms of play.
‘Field Libraries’, 2015 comprises 11 free standing painted aluminium sculptures stacked with an ever expanding “fair use” library of booklets dedicated to eccentric perspectives on the subject of work, including Zombie Marxism and Feminist Autonomism. Each Field Library incorporates utilitarian paperweights, including a bronze cast facsimile of the final volume of Maxim Gorky’s childhood memories My University, 1922.