Anne Hardy



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Anne Hardy born 1970
Digital print on paper
Image: 735 × 580 mm
Presented by Carl Freedman Gallery / Counter Editions, London 2016


This work is from a portfolio of eight prints by British artists commissioned by Counter Editions, London to celebrate the participation of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Since 1912, prints and posters have been commissioned by host cities and participating nations for each of the Games, creating celebratory and inspiring meetings of art and sport. The prints in this portfolio have been produced by different printing presses and in differing edition sizes and are by: Tracey Emin (True Love Always Wins 2016 [Tate P14444]; Anne Hardy (Reflection 2016 [Tate P14446]; Howard Hodgkin (The Road to Rio 2016 [Tate P14450]; Sarah Jones (Cabinet [Spiral]) 2016 [Tate P14447]); Eddie Peake (Sweat 2016 [Tate P14448]); Benjamin Senior (Stroke Tempo 2016 [Tate P14445]); David Shrigley (Life is Fantastic 2016 [Tate P14451]); and Sam Taylor-Johnson (Wanderer Above the Sea of Dreams 2016 [Tate P14449]). Also is Tate’s collection is a portfolio of prints produced to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (see Tate P14444P14451).

Reflection is a photograph that suggests the corner of a faded institutional gym or communal space, abandoned by its occupants, with no clue as to where this space is or what the purpose of its miscellaneous objects might be. Various ropes dangle uselessly and on the wall is a circular image of a gymnast working on the rings. Anne Hardy’s enigmatic tableaux are constructed through a lengthy process of set-building using discarded objects found and collected outside her studio. In open-endedly presenting the familiar made strange, Hardy invites viewers to create their own theatrical narratives. She worked closely with German photographic printer Volker Grieger to produce this energetic yet uncanny print.

Laura Smith
August 2016

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