Darren Marshall, Helen Maurer, Dafna Talmor and Mimei Thompson
A lonely road, perhaps it is night time. No one is around, no cars, no houses. Only a few details emerge through the fog, as you walk along, trying to piece together this place where you have found yourself. Stones slide beneath your feet, and you stumble, noticing as you do so that you have narrowly missed a steep fall.
The title for this show is a mis-remembering of Italo Calvin’s novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’. This novel is made up of multiple interrupted stories in various styles, and continually refers to itself and to its reader, exploring the act of the reading itself.
The exhibition is based on the idea of a lonely road, along which a traveller visits various mental landscapes. There is a feeling of melancholy, and of longing, searching. The landscapes are all empty- the only figure is you, the observer, who can engage with the works, in their various languages, if you choose.
These landscapes are about the effects the images may have on the viewer, and not about specific locations in the real world. The works all have a self-aware quality, and the various mediums of their construction are prominent and evident, as much the subject of the work as anything portrayed.
Some of the works are about remembering, and some refer to historical modes of representation. With certain works there is a constructing, layering and collageing of images to create new spaces, whilst others function as iconic signs and ideas of landscape.
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