Humans-Animals-Monsters (2020) is a new installation by Patrick Goddard, made specifically for Frieze Sculpture Park. Consisting of twenty-four animal heads cast from reclaimed lead. The work are strewn across the grass – upright, on their side, and upside-down, viewers are forced to pick their way through the aftermath of a clownish battle.
The works are based on latex animal masks, perhaps the kind worn to a fancy-dress party or at Halloween. These mass-produced novelty items occupy a visual space somewhere between human and animal, zoomorphic abstractions twice removed from their original animal referent. The work nods towards the division, or lack thereof, between animal and human. Goddard has an interest in the entertainment complex and it’s relation to ecology, with animals and zoos featuring in several previous films and installations. The work mourns extinction — not just the eradication of species, but moreover the destruction of humans’ habitual encounter with animals.
Selected and placed by curator Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the 2020 line-up features artists David Altmejd, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Gianpietro Carlesso, Eric Fischl, , Lubaina Himid, Kalliopi Lemos, Richard Long, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Rebecca Warren and Arne Quinze.
For more information see https://www.frieze.com/article/frieze-sculpture-returns-regents-park-october
Patrick Goddard, Humans-Animals-Monsters, 2020
Reclaimed lead, mirror, in 24 parts