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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is pleased to present a new work in The Box by young British artist Amba Sayal-Bennett.

The work’s title, Yutu, refers to an unmanned lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese mission to reach the moon’s surface in 2013. Retro-futuristic in style, the sculpture is characterised by a kitsch, sci-fi quality that is redolent of the defunct utopia depicted in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Sayal-Bennett’s sculptures and assemblages destabilise common conventions of communication. Salvaging symbols and signs embedded into the fabric of everyday life, the artist reformulates them as lexical units within her work. Sayal-Bennett unpicks the make-up of the urban landscape, taking inspiration from road markings, discarded objects and architectural structures. She then captures the essence of these visual stimuli by reducing them to their most rudimentary form, using the resultant shapes and colours to inform the construction of her work.

Alongside her project in The Box, Sayal-Bennett will exhibit a new series of futuristic drawings that correspond closely to her sculptural works. The artist often translates these 2-D structures into real space as architectural assemblages, using simple materials such as foam, MDF and lino to homogenise the surface of each component, enabling the viewer to concentrate on the affective sensation triggered by their formal arrangement.

About the artist

Amba Sayal Bennett lives and works in London. She received her BFA from Oxford University and her MA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute. She has recently completed her PhD in Art Practice and Learning at Goldsmiths. Her work can be found in the collections of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Saatchi Gallery, London and Art Jameel, Dubai.

About The Box

Designed as a micro project-space by Simon Dance, The Box is a hollow white cube (45 x 45 x 45 cm) which hovers at the back of a narrow black passage alongside Pippy Houldsworth Gallery's main gallery. Initiated in 2011, the programme of projects to date in The Box has included Ai Weiwei, Martha Rosler, Olaf Breuning, David Batchelor, Nathan Coley, Susan Hiller, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Polly Morgan, Zarina Bhimji, Jane & Louise Wilson, Shezad Dawood, Jitish Kallat, Paul McCarthy, Shana Moulton, Dean Levin, Alina Szapocznikow, Gavin Turk, Arlene Shechet.

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Installation view, Amba Sayal-Bennett, Yutu, The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2017)