JUNE/ JULY AT VERGE GALLERY :: ACCREATION: UN-BECOMING AND THE SURFACE AS SIGHT, AND COMMON SUBJECTS
June 18 – July 11, 2015
Accreation: Un-becoming and the Surface as Sight // Roomsheet :: HERE
Common Subjects // Roomsheet :: HERE
GALLERY 1 :: Niall Robb, Laura Hunt, Kath Fries, Alma Studholme and Charlotte Richardson :: ACCREATION: UN-BECOMING AND THE SURFACE AS SIGHT
Accreation: Un-becoming and the Surface as Sight brings together five artists from disparate practices, each exploring surface as a site of the imperceptible, and the space between process and actualization of work. Robb understands surface as a sight of enchantment, coupling the circulatory nature of moving image with the materiality of surface to explore the imperceptible in a space between reality and mythology. Richardson’s bespoke jewelry pieces explore the everyday, collapsed and reformed. Her up-cycled domestic plastic products hold an uncanny sensibility, forming a new relationship with the viewer via the mirrored surface. Hunt’s practice is based in the documentation of action, she takes imperceptibility of sound as an ever-evolving and circulatory surface. Fries installations looks at the ephemerality of the physical surface as a site of creation, suggesting impermanence and transience.In Firing Enzo, Studholme draws on the properties and processes of the ceramic material. In the process of documenting her work, Studholme reveals slippage inherent in process, and the impossibility of control. The resulting works transform the gallery into a many-layered space of to uncover and re-imagine the surface of things.
GALLERY 2 :: Diarmid Campbell and Luke McMaster :: COMMON SUBJECTS
Common subjects brings together material and conceptual concerns shared between Diarmid Campbell and Luke McMaster in order to interrogate the role of design and technology in mediating our negotiations of social spaces. In particular, the ways in which the technological gaze, surveillance and social control cohere in relation to physical and virtual architectures of visibility and openness.
Like the advent of modernist architecture aspired to abolish distinctions of inside and outside, so too does current digital infrastructures that corrupt boundaries between personal and public. Visibility has developed in conjunction with the increasing privatisation and surveillance of seemingly public domains. In the spaces of pedagogical institutions, shopping malls and online platforms we are watched and scrutinised; our actions become information.
Of the types of public space they can be viewed within the context of a veil. There is a level of transparency, however therein lies the potential to mask and selectively reveal aspects of oneself. As the rapid development of digital technologies re-orients our experience of space the placement of the body is inescapably seen, exposed and revealed yet hidden, masked and disguised. Existing between the logic of the virtual sphere and nature of the classical world, multiple identities emerge of a single individual.
Through exploring our movements through the dimensions of informational and corporeal realms within this framework of openness and concealment, common subjects examines the efficacy of virtual and physical structures.