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ExtraORDINARY: visitors interact with contemporary art at The Lowry in exhibition that takes the… organe

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Visitors to a new exhibition opening at The Lowry next month will be able to interact with works of art by internationally renowned artists – including a tantalising pyramid of 5,800 oranges.

The work, by South African sculptor Roelof Louw, is designed to shrink as gallery visitors choose–whether or not– to take an orange from the structure as Louw aims to raise questions about time and decay.

This sculptural work forms part of a new exhibition entitled ExtraORDINARY: Everyday objects and actions in contemporary art which will present artworks in an engaging and imaginative way and will offer activities and inspiration for families of all ages.

Kate Farrell, special exhibitions manager at The Lowry, said: “Galleries can seem to be very formal environments with ‘do not touch’ rules in place. Louw’s work, along with other installations within the exhibition will challenge the perceptions of a contemporary art show as visitors contribute to the fabric of the exhibition and initiate creative expression as a result of the artists’ vision.”

Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed, famous for his small interventions and often controversial work which make use of existing materials and situations also features in the exhibition with seminal works such as Work No. 79: some Blu-tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall (1993). Other works featured include Willi Dorner’s Bodies in Urban Spaces project, and Karina Smigla-Bobinski ADA installation, which will float freely in the gallery space – its charcoal tips creating an evolving drawing on the gallery walls as it is pushed around the space by visitors to the exhibition.

Visitors can also become a work of art for 60 seconds if they choose to follow Erwin Wurm’s instructions and pose with everyday objects in spontaneous ways as part of his One Minute Sculptures project.

Kate said: “There is a longstanding tradition of artists using everyday objects in their work, and this playful approach to contemporary art can be extended to the quintessential everyday object: the human body; an object that we all own and can be used to initiate, create and facilitate creative expression which will be encouraged within this exhibition, ensuring visitors have the opportunity to contribute to works of art in the gallery for others to enjoy.”

More information about other work to be included in the exhibition will be released in the coming weeks.

Extraordinary: Everyday objects & actions in contemporary art
25 July – 18 October 2015
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Sunday to Friday from 11am – 5pm. Saturdays from 10am – 5pm


(from a press release)



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