The installation consists of thirteen distinct but entwined and primarily photographic components. It spans a range of processes, subject matters and time frames, touching on themes of materiality and mass, surface and form, language, religion and the absurd, all the while employing a kind of muted iconoclasm that never entirely accepts the image for what it is. Throughout the work a sense of continuity is retained through Harvey-Regan’s distinct visual and conceptual sensibility.
Metalepsis itself is a rhetorical term for taking figurative language through a succession of meanings, as well as referring to the transgression of logically distinct narrative levels, where the narrator enters their own story, for example, or characters address audiences.
Similarly within the installation all of the various considerations that make up each of the individual pieces - subject, medium, material, form, framing, etc. - are given equal significance as any one work can become the means to reference or transition to another. Metalepsis therefore becomes a type of visual syntax where images, materials and subjects quote, introduce, overlap, encounter, and re-quote each other.
Darren Harvey-Regan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. His work has appeared in exhibitions and publications internationally and is part of the permenant photography collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His solo exhibitions include The Erratics, Copperfield, London (2015 - 2016) The Erratics, Passaggi - Arte Contemporanea, Pisa, IT (2015) Phrasings, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam (2013) A Shifting Sense of Things, Sumarria Lunn, London (2013) , A Collection of Gaps, Phoenix, Exeter (2011) and Fact, Room Gallery, London (2011). Group shows include Act & Application, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE (2014) GeoGráfica, FOTOTROPIA, Guatemala City, GT (2013), The Animal Gaze Returned, Cass Gallery, London (2011), Object Dada, Edel Assanti, London (2011), Photography as Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2011), Catlin Art Prize, London (2011), New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2010). Darren Harvey-Regan is a recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Award (2009) and is part of the Hal Silver collective.