Cherry’s practice often involves accumulating and transforming everyday signs and objects, and through this examination of seemingly disparate and commonplace elements, the absurdity of the everyday is exposed. Cherry’s work reveals the inherent flaws and banality in the language of advertising, commodification, and instructional procedures.
Cherry works across different media, including sculpture, painting, drawing and interventional site-specific projects. Working from a background in signage and typography, text has always existed at the root of Cherry’s practice, but recent work explicitly explores language in objects. HALF OF TWO DAYS OF EVERYTHING presents a body of sculptural works made up of disparate everyday objects, unconventionally paired together and reexamined in a new context. The scripting and staging of modernist playwrights and directors Luis Bunuel, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter form a reference point for Cherry’s approach to making work. The urge to personify and seek meaning in these objects highlights an absurdist and subversively comedic side to the work, but can also construct an unexpectedly poignant narrative. Often small in scale, the work is intimately connected to the human body, and how the viewer engages with it.
Cherry will also present selected works from a series of paintings that responds to social media platforms and advertising. Each painting has a visual narrative that nods to the Instagram square, and features anonymous slogans posted on social media platforms. There is a disparity between image, context and narrative; it is this miscommunication through self-publishing that interests Cherry, and the urge to produce signs that seem to have no purpose or logic.
During the preview event there will be a new performance devised by Cherry Tenneson and Laura Weaver which takes an absurdist look at the impact of technology on society.
The exhibition is curated by Zoe Watson.