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Anya Gallaccio: Beautiful Minds

  • Thomas Dane 3 Duke Street London, England, W1U 3ED United Kingdom (map)

Thomas Dane Gallery at 3 Duke Street in St James’s has established a rich recent history of exhibiting striking large-scale monumental works in its ground floor gallery space: from Steve McQueen’s moving and powerful film installation Ashes (2014) to Paul Pfeiffer’s architectural masterpiece Vitruvian Figure in 2013 and Bruce Conner’s mesmerising Crossroads in 2015.


In her forth-coming exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, Anya Gallaccio will be the latest contributor to this tradition with her installation of Beautiful Minds, a giant 3D clay printer, that will occupy the entire gallery space and over the course of the exhibition be actively printing a scaled effigy of a mountain (to be precise Devil’s Tower, Wyoming). The machine, built by the artist in collaboration with a group of her recent graduates from UC San Diego, usurps recent advances in mechanical technology, subverting the very precise process of 3D printing by forcing the approximate and unreliable material of a slip clay thorough it.