HEAVY SENTIENCE21. Jun - 18. Jul 14 / ended Block 336
Exhibition: 21.6.14 – 18.7.14 | Thurs – Sat 12 – 6 pm or by appointment Publication launch and live event: 11.7.14 | 6 – 9 pm
Murray Anderson / Rosanna Greaves / CJ Mahony / Frances Scott / Lisa Wilkens
For 6 months the artists who have collaborated to produce Heavy Sentience have been deeply immersed in an attempt to make sense of Block 336’s unique structural, acoustic and intensely atmospheric underground setting. Driven by this, each artist has produced new work which has been brought together in the space to form a distinctively singular, non-linear environment.
Built in 1967, the Brutalist building that houses Block 336 was originally designed as a warehouse, and has subsequently hosted a number of state, private and religious enterprises. It has also been cited as a venue for illegal raves before its conversion in 1984. Located within the basement, Block 336 even retains the cooling system for some of the first generation computers used by Coutts Bank, which occupied the site in the 1970s.
Each of the artists involved has been acutely affected by the buildings distinctively plural history and through Heavy Sentience have embarked on a collective attempt to channel this into a site-responsive and collaborative engagement. Reflecting the building’s multiple pasts and manifold meanings, the work moves between the material registers of sculpture, drawing and film, and Anderson, Greaves, Mahony, Scott and Wilkens’ response is as striking as it is nuanced; Heavy Sentience is a bold and multifaceted statement that simultaneously embodies and transcends their individual and collective concerns.
Heavy Sentience both challenges and reworks the limitations of the traditional curatorial system that might juxtapose pre-existing artworks, conceived independently from the space in which they are made. Here, notions of authorship, ownership and the viewing of artwork are subject to a re-engagement, resulting in an exhibition that suggests that aesthetic, phenomenological and sentient experience is never merely our own, but is always shared between ourselves, an ‘other’, and the space in which we exist.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with texts by Kathy Noble. For all further information please contact Thomas Groves, firstname.lastname@example.org
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