Harry Sanderson (B. 1987) is a Berlin-based British artist working mainly in digital, video and installation. His main focus is the labour embedded languages of visual cultures. Sanderson graduated from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London in 2013, and received the Nearnow fellowship, Nottingham, the following year. Recent exhibitions include Human Resolution for PAMI/Arcadia Missa (2012); Haptics (Hologram), installation in Yuri Pattison’s Faraday Cage at SPACE Studios (2012); Frieze Projects, Frieze London (2011).
The Yves Saint Lauren Athlete, a Roman marble torso of an athlete, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. Estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000. This piece will be offered in The Exceptional Sale on 9 July at Christie’s in London
Bianca Chu, co-curator and Christie’s Specialist: Elegant and strong, this Roman Torso of an Athlete executed between the first and second century A.D., embodies classical notions of beauty. A solid presence with a physicality that transports the viewer to ancient times, it conjures the authority and expertise of unnamed masonry masters of the empire. In contrast, Harry Sanderson’s caustic installation straddles the space between ephemeral and corporeal, presenting a three-dimensional object that produces an image when light passes through its plane. The creation of Roman Torso of an Athlete required extensive training and mastery of a craft; Sanderson’s installation is the product of technological and digital advancement — during a fellowship in Nottingham, the artist worked with software developers to create a system which could begin to calculate and prescribe where light falls when it passes through a translucent object.
Egon Schiele, Female Nude, 1910 (recto); Head of a Young Man (Hans Massmann), 1908 (verso). Gouache, watercolour, black Conté crayon and pencil on paper (recto); pencil on paper (verso). Estimate: £300,000-500,000. This work will be offered in our Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 23 June at Christie’s in London
Alina Brezhneva, co-curator and Christie’s specialist: In the modern age we are obsessed with capturing images of pretty much everything around us — we take photographs of what we do, where we go, what we eat. Every day people living in big cities are surrounded by hundreds of images which makes each virtually worthless. Harry Sanderson focuses on the way we capture images by offering the viewers of his works the opportunity to stop and think about how at times we are too focused on trying to take a photo of something rather than actually enjoying looking at it. He introduces a new media which can be described as highly technical software sculptures; 3D holograms which are impossible to capture on a camera — they can only be looked at. He is therefore revolutionising the way we look at and depict objects around us. It is exciting to see Sanderson’s work next to a beautiful drawing by Egon Schiele who too has radicalised and developed the depiction of human form. Schiele, one of the most famous figurative artists of the 20th century, was choosing very explicit, sometimes erotic subjects for his paintings and using a distinctive expressionistic style.
David Noonan, Untitled, 2011. Silkscreen on linen collage on board in artist’s frame. Estimate £10,000-15,000. This work will be offered in our Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale on 1 July at Christie’s in London
Milo Dickinson, co-curator and Christie’s Specialist: David Noonan begins each of his screen prints by making a collage, which he later photographs to transform into a large screen print. To create his composition he brings together a strange and eclectic array of found imagery from magazines, film stills and archive photos. In Noonan’s image, the figure and the shadow work in tandem with the fabrics depicted to create a dramatic scene that encapsulates the romanticism of the golden age of cinema. Harry Sanderson’s similarly innovative use of new media sees light pass through an acrylic panel, creating a projected image on the wall behind. Both works play on the idea of what is not depicted, using the ambiguity of shadows to give a mysterious element to their work.
Main image at top: Harry Sanderson, sunshine / a cigarette burns at 400 °C, 2015. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Arcadia Missa, London
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