28 May - 16 October 2016
City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington
After its iteration at MUMA earlier this year Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs has opened at City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington.
Spanning almost twenty years of work, Jealous Saboteurs is the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses of museum collections, folklore and counter-cultures to high modernist design.
This exhibition includes little-seen and significant early artworks, her arresting sloths, a selection of curious personal and ritualistic artefacts and talismans, small sculptures accompanied by their bespoke furniture supports, as well as recent life-size, free-standing technicolour figures, such as Blue and Green Scarf 2013 and Sun Worship 2013, which blur the lines between the archaic and futuristic.
Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA's Director Charlotte Day. The Wellington iteration of Jealous Saboteurs is supported by City Gallery Foundation.
For more information about the MUMA iteration, visit our website here...