Kevin Brand
eleven a side

15 September - 23 October 2004
This installation is inspired by the popular game of table-soccer with its twenty-two figures that swivel on rotating bars. Each team comprises four sculptures of single players, two two-figure pieces and one three-figure piece. The appearance of the sculptures recalls the mass-produced forms of the table-soccer figures: imprisoned, stiff and in rigid poses. They also relate stylistically to the West African figurative tradition and its rich responses to contemporary culture. Brand has ensured that the surfaces of these bronze figures retain the texture of the carving process.

eleven a side is the third body of work in which Brand has used a group of male figures as a sculptural device. In 1988 he exhibited 19 boys running (which was acquired by the South African National Gallery), and in 1995 he produced HERE XVII. In both these series the pedestals, plinths or bases were an integral element of the installation, which is also the case with eleven a side.

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