David Riley © Hello World (2013), [steel hooks, bungee cord, nylon, bungee hooks]
In my mind walking around the exhibition I found myself constantly thinking about deep philosophical debates about The Self and authenticity. I couldn't help but think of a certain quote from Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. Toying with the notion of the difference (sometimes conscious difference) between our interior and exterior selves, I kept thinking; Choose life.
A powerful sense of absence, memory, obsession and identity is constantly percolated in the works within the collection centred on our obsession with context. Titled “This ‘Me’ of Mine”, the press release states the exhibition is an example of; “distributed practice, a phrase coined by art critic Becky Huff Hunter to describe the nature and reality of contemporary art practice. It is a wide distribution of networks where individuals work independently and in cooperation moving beyond traditional boundaries and landscapes of art practice.” In our age obsessed with information and data it is rather fitting that the exhibition utilizes blogs and social media almost as a means and a tool for artists to project ourselves back to us.
Our invisible physical presence projected online, connected through communication and social networks presents a side to our existence that is consciously constructed. Our exterior selves sometimes project our falsified interior being to leave traces to follow and like. One piece which particularly caught my eye in exhibition was Edward Chell’s Joe’s Twitter (2011), it reminded me of how driving is another means that we have become habitually entwined with technology. The freedom on offer from cruising into the sunset, the hypnotic effect of passing streetlights leaving lines of light in your peripheral vision, once in power of a machine perceptions change and in a way, so does our identity.
Edward Chell © Joe’s Twitter (2011), [stencil on reflective aluminium panel] and Edward Chell © Joe’s Twitter 2 (2011), [stencil on reflective aluminium panel]
We are connected with technology and we are changed by technology, irrevocably. Before I stray too far away from Chell’s piece, the text on the reflective aluminium panel isn’t just a play on a motorway sign, but is possibly a reminder of how reflective our outpourings, posts, rants and moments of a humorous nature, once uploaded online are transformed into a false self-constructed reality onto a consciously curated wall/feed to advertise our states of being. Another piece which stood out for me was Jane Boyer’s Poof! - Boyer’s use of graphite and acrylic binder on paper creates an ephemeral impression which elicits a tangible hold onto the transient nature of our thoughts, ideas and memories, with a perception of our past engaging with our present and sometimes pushing our future in new directions that will also be a temporary transitory existence.
Jane Boyer © Poof! (detail) (2010), [graphite and acrylic binder on paper]
The exhibition is currently at Ipswich Art School Gallery and comes to an end on the 5th January 2014.
Exhibition curated by: Jane Boyer
Exhibiting artists are: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Cathy Lomax, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Jane Boyer.
Guest Artists are: Kai-Oi Jay Yung, Gary Mansfield, Molly Behagg, Andrew Litten, Suzanne de Emmony, Helen Scalway, Lisa Snook, Jacqueline Utley, Edward Chell and Kate Elliott.
See below for my Pinterest board featuring some images taken whilst at the exhibition.
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