PERFORMING STATES OF HIDDEN EARTH
A Solo Exhibition by Alice Morey
Opening Friday 23rd March 19h-23:30
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 17-21h / Sat + Sun 12-21h
Poetry with Ed Luker, Sean Bonney, Rona Lorimer and Lotta Thießen, Tuesday 27th March 2018: 7pm-midnight.
Artist Talk and workshop Saturday 31st March: 4-7pm.
‘It is easy to imagine these objects live amongst another in our absence but you know that’s probably bullshit. They’re just inert like everything else that’s dead. And is the ghost just the imagination that things could be otherwise, as we are haunted by the past? The past creeps up on the present and teases it to no longer be itself. It’s difficult to remember. You could always hear the bathroom because the top bit of the head wall above the sink was open, and the walls were thin and made of wood. Even though all the things, so accumulated in this tiny space, could seem playful, or just there because of curiosity, but then, they all seemed to be part of something.’
(extract from sound installation in Never, never, ghosts in collaboration with Ed Luker, London 2018)
Responding to her recent exhibitions In London and Berlin, Alice Morey will construct a symbolic environment of transcendence in Das Giftraum. Presenting an accumulation of objects alongside her paintings, the space will become a site of interaction between them. Socially transformed within the language of the space they speak to each other with a magical secrecy. Looking to the every day and its distance from the esoteric, she explores questions of objectification and materialism.
There is a dialectic of absence and presence in Morey’s work. At times there is no human, but the work is still soaked with traces of subjectivity. By showing the traces of places and environments through which the artist has traversed and been caught between, poetic elements emerge through the unseen actions of natural history; the art bears the indelible marks of changes in environment where transformative substances have contaminated the texture of the work.
Through the dialogue between the expressive narrative of painting and the immersion of the works within the processes of nature, Morey’s work explores questions around what remains within artworks and what changes and develops beyond the artist’s control. The work stands as the flux of change and damage occurring beyond the subject in the everyday permutations of the world.
Alice is a British artist who has been living and working in Berlin since 2009. Before that she studied at University of Brighton.