“the run-down nature of the high-rise was a model of the world into which the future was carrying them, a landscape beyond technology where everything was either derelict or more ambiguously recombined in unexpected but more meaningful ways” ― J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
Hi-5 is a group exhibition bringing together the work of five studio artists based on the upper floors at ArtWork Atelier, Salford. The exhibition reflects ideas in J.G. Ballard’s apocalyptic novel High Rise, where residents in a 40-storey tower block collapse from civilisation to chaos in a revolutionary mass psychosis. As Ballard’s novel portrays a reaction to modern society, each artist’s independent vision is connected into a collective fusion of the psychological effects of modernity including alienation, uncertainty and anxieties of self-identity. The work in Hi-5 will combine contemporary sculpture, painting, drawing and photography to observe the psychological tensions between inner and outer spaces, whilst conveying an idea of how defined structures can be radically deconstructed through creativity and collaboration.
Artists: Helen McGhie, Nick Sykes, Hazel Rebecca Clegg, Mark Toner & Sophie Tyrrell