Archaeologies brings together three multi-disciplinary, process-based artists whose practice is rooted in photography. Fundamental to their work is a labour-intensive approach to researching, collecting, documenting and making; and a profound meditation on the passing of time, and its effect on objects and locations. Exploring derelict churches or hospitals; working with found objects from rivers or cruising sites; or engaging with domestic ornaments and paraphernalia, each artist uses place and time to investigate the self, transience and mortality.
Michael Boffey embraces the historical notion of still life as memento mori. Working predominantly with flowers, Boffey makes work in three ways: wall mounted bronzes cast from flowers; vitrines encasing vases of flowers; and large-scale photographic works. They are autobiographical, with visual remnants coalescing to represent a meditation on loss, regret and reminiscence.
Gina Soden has established a process of hand printing images of dilapidated interiors onto found mirrors that have been treated and corroded with industrial tools and materials. She seeks out disused public buildings including palaces, churches and asylums, locating ideals of beauty, life, memory and truth in both decay and abandonment.
Danny Treacy's practice incorporates photography, sculpture, performance, collecting, archaeology and anthropology. He explores bifunctional sites in order to locate, collect, manipulate and document found objects. This might include discarded clothing or objects from the River Thames. By collecting, adapting and documenting, he renews the discarded and gives new value to the otherwise worthless, ultimately asserting their status as contemporary artefacts.
The event will take place at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, 336 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR. Open from 11am-6pm Wed to Sat. Please contact the gallery for further information on 020 7739 4055. Follow the gallery @CHARLIESMITHldn.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.
Sub-Categories: Arts | Visual Arts.
Artists / Speakers: Michael Boffey, Gina Soden, Danny Treacy.