Six sculptures in the Soho House art collection
Discover these expressive, masterful and surprising works in our clubs around the world
Thursday 10 August 2023 By Anastasiia Fedorova
While the Soho House art collection is one of the biggest private assemblages in the world, sculptures feature less frequently than paintings. Sculpture demands a special kind of dedication: both from the artist in its techniques and production, and from the curators placing the works within the clubs. Sculptures are sparse, because they are expressive and powerful in how they command the space – and being mindful of mixing creative energies is in the Soho House DNA.
Some sculptural works in the collection are hard to overlook, such as Yinka Ilori’s colourful walk-in ‘Beacon of Dreams’ created for Soho Farmhouse, or Bella Rune’s forthcoming three metres of silk mohair dyed with Kool-Aid at Soho House Stockholm.
We asked Kate Bryan, Soho House’s Global Art Director, to pick the pieces that demand our attention.
Sadie Barnette – ‘Untitled’
Sadie Barnette’s multimedia practice draws from her own family history, as it mirrors a collective history of repression and resistance in the United States. Born and based in California, she explores the notions of legacy, inheritance and archives, including a 500-page FBI surveillance file amassed on her father during his time with the Black Panther Party, and the domestic and community spaces she grew up around. An installation with speakers at Soho Warehouse is a small fragment of a recurring theme: she often uses stacks of glitter speakers painted with automotive metal flake or ‘candy paint’ to signify the amplification of culture and as an homage to the car culture she grew up around.
Kevin Francis Gray – ‘Soho Princess’
Soho House 40 Greek Street
Experimenting with a variety of materials, Kevin Francis Gray explores the complex relationship between abstraction and figuration. His marble work might evoke the classic tradition of human depiction dating back to the ancient times – but distorted, melted and reimagined in unexpected plasticity. Traditional sculptural techniques and contemporary life collide in the artist’s work for a powerful emotional impact, and the marble bust in the Soho House collection is a perfect example.
Emilie Bobek – ‘Stars Fading’
Soho House Copenhagen
Based in Copenhagen, Emilie Bobek works with ceramics, wood, glaze, concrete and plaster to explore the relations between products and our societies. Her sculptures aim to expose the way we interact with day-to-day objects, be it a piece of furniture or a chocolate bar. The sculpture in the Soho House collection comes from a series titled Dream A Little Dream, which is dedicated to the phenomena of delusion, produced from distorted and modified moulds of everyday objects. For the artist, creating and using the moulds in unconventional ways is a constant balance between control and chaos.
Polly Morgan – Commission for 40 Greek Street
Soho House 40 Greek Street
An artist based in London, Polly Morgan works with more unconventional materials, including concrete and polyurethane. Her work merges angular bold shapes with organic folds of snakeskin. She is interested in creating deceptions, with sculptural facsimiles made from painted casts and skin, as a way of exploring false narratives in our increasingly polarised and digitised society. Beyond the endearing aesthetics and the shock factor, she is pushing the boundaries of what being a sculptor means today.
Lindsy Davis – ‘Disassociated Broom’ and ‘Stacked Shadow’
Soho House Nashville
Lindsy Davis’s sculptures combine bold shapes, raw textures and calculated human touch: she burns, stuffs and sews her works to evoke and rethink the domestic, the gendered and the routine. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, she incorporates sustainability, community outreach and skill sharing as part of her practice. While being hands on and paying close attention to the material, Davis also explores how nostalgia, experience, identity and memory play an important role in the way the mind perceives space and depth.
Tammie Rubin – ‘A Wish For Abundance’
Soho House Austin
Having studied ceramics and art history, Chicago-born Tammie Rubin investigates the tension between the ready made and the handcrafted. Using intricate motifs, she delves into themes involving ritual, domestic and liturgical objects, mapping, migration, magical thinking, longing, and identity. Rubin draws both from objects of spiritual significance and the most mundane day-to-day things to create dream-like spaces for the viewer where one might spend a long time decoding parts that make a whole.
Browse and discover the art collections at our Houses around the world.