Let's put everyone in a room together and see what happens, see what it says, see what they say, or don't say. Let's see intersections and disparities. Let's chat, formal, informal, and see the egos, the talent, the subtle, loud, chaotic.
Then let's «Refresh»
The show piles together artists working in the fantastical and otherworldly, each with their own twists on psychogeography and the implied surrealism of space. from the distopian futures (or pasts?) of Suzanne Moxhay's photographic works to the space-age images of Jess Littlewood. Each artist binds space and objecthood with swirling results, slicing through dimensions, imagining the intoxication of growth or the implosion of space between the confines of canvas. Whilst their approaches vary wildly the overall result oozes a kind of Hollywood effect, cinematic, sci-fi but embedded within the chaos of the world itself.
Suzanne constructs narrative space in the aftermath of presence, be it human or otherwise. The works precariously balance between a sinister familiarity and something too eerie to be believed, like the act of walking into a stage set, something tinges the apparent reality. Anastasia's work acts as a moment of calm between the surrounding chaos; serene objects float lifeless, calmly perched on the canvas undisturbed by the external world. The work is a stark meditation on the object as and of itself. Some of these worlds form from the imploded ashes of reality as in the case of Jane Ward's work. Here floating islands are tossed into chaos, moments of spatial context and location appear and then dissolve. The works appear as a miasma of familiar motifs disrupting the image plane, never quite grounding itself in a specific geography. In Jess Littlewood's works we glimpse society beginning to rebuild, re-habitate and re-adapt to foreign lands. New lunar-like communities appear in a state of repopulation, fractured yet resilient in this wildly cosmic setting.
Cheryl Field's work plays on her background in biochemistry, with lucid and strange figures occupying dark voids or scientific histories played out in coded mysteries. At the heart of Cheryl Field’s work is the role that science plays in creating a secular mythology in contemporary culture.The fantastical laser etched maps of Geoff Litherland explore new territories and refresh ancient mapping as an art form, all the while exploring space in a much more ridged, structural capacity. Reginald Aloysius uses his native Sri Lanka as the platform to explore space merging jungle-like space with hidden lines of geography not apparent in the landscape itself; Aloysius dissects the nature of each image with a much more precise, architectural language.
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