Masks in ritual ceremonies can be traced as far back as the end of the StoneAge. Members of pre-modern society would have learnt about their cultural identity and history through an involvement in ritual activities that heavily included the arts. In these earlier times art was mixed media, and the act of ‘artification’ transformed events and activities emphasising the shift from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Art originated as a facet of play, both involve imagination, surprise, unpredictability and self-reward. Gradually over millennia art acquired its own independence.
The artists in this exhibition bring the activity of this playful engagement
with materiality out of the studio and into the public space. They create
artworks around themselves, but also around their environment. There is also aphilosophical and socio-cultural aspect to the artworks presented that questions why something maybe considered art, and other things may not, whilst also exploring whether contemporary art practice has a purpose, a role or a responsibility.
Bruce Asbestos - Andrea Bergart - Jonathan Baldock
Frances Disley - Dave Evans - Justin Fitzpatrick - Hannah Knox
Exhibition curated by Matthew Macaulay and Gwennan Thomas
Maurice Merleau – Ponty, The World of Perception
Ellen Dissanayake, Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes from and Why
Ellen Dissanayake, Art and Intimacy