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Anabasis I was included in the 1965 New Generation sculpture exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery that heralded a new approach, using playful abstract shapes, bright colour and made from new materials such as fibreglass and Perspex, freed from the need for a plinth. Such sculpture was physically part of the contemporary world but also self-contained and non-associative. Anabasis I shows the successive mutation of an interlocking simple cruciform shape: an edged yet curvilinear cross volume interlocks with a rounded version of the same form and finally with a transparent Perspex sheet cut to a plan of the previous form.

September 2016