In 1979 Flanagan’s investigations turned to figuration, modelling and casting in bronze at a time when the medium was as unexpected as the soft sculpture and use of building materials had been to its audiences fifteen years previously. He was drawn to the figure of the hare, the motif for which he is now best known, via his immersion in country pursuits of game keeping and poaching. Flanagan’s primary fascination, however, lay in the hare’s anthropomorphic potential; its ability to magnify a range of expressive attributes, to convey meaning and feeling beyond what he felt was possible in the manifestation of human form.
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Images: Installation views of Barry Flanagan The Hare is Metaphor, Paul Kasmin Gallery 2018, © Barry Flanagan photos by Diego Flores, Courtesy Kasmin Gallery.