AboutSite-specific interventions by talented young artist.
Patrick Mifsud's installation redefines the architecture of the Project Space. It offers an immersive experience, both obscuring the visitors' range of vision and opening up new viewpoints as they descend the staircase from upper to lower floor and progress through the redrawn passages of the gallery. While it entirely alters the viewers' perception of the room it also heightens their spatial awareness. The ambiguous opaque/transparent structure of the intervention is formed by fine lines of thread, a simple everyday material which serves to emphasise the transformative character of the work in contrast with the minimalist economy of its construction.
Three photographic prints from his ongoing sequence of works titled Geometric Forms (Urban Series) show another side of his current practice. These represent the temporary interventions that he makes in public spaces, in which he proposes extensions to a site, seeking to offer regular users of that thoroughfare a tunnel, a bridge, a footpath - a new perspective on their familiar environment. A self-imposed rule is to use only pre-existing fixing points, such as a steel ring or lamp post, in order to define his spatial drawings. The photographs present the formal characteristics of the interventions in contrast to the taken-for-granted features of their sites and encourage speculation on how the impediment was physically negotiated or dismantled.
Mifsud's sculptural redefinitions of space make us aware of how we are subconsciously influenced and directed by features of our immediate environment.
Patrick Mifsud (b. Malta, 1984) studied at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury (2006-09) and for an MA in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2010-11). He was a prizewinner at Creekside Open 2011, selected by Phyllida Barlow, and a finalist in the 10 Gales Art Prize (2011). Other recent exhibitions include Futura Bold/ Futura Oblique, The Nunnery Gallery, London (2011), Relocation: Emerging Artists from Malta, Bank of Valletta HQ, Malta (2010), and Alturnertive, Crate Space, Margate (2009). His commissioned works include a commemorative sculpture for the University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury and he collaborated with dance artists Maria Cassar and Jo Leahy in Walk the Plank, a work performed at the Manoel Theatre, Malta, during the Notte Bianca in 2010.
Marsden Woo Project Space is curated by Tessa Peters
The Marsden Woo Project Space is an exciting new initiative running alongside our established programme of solo and small group exhibitions by gallery artists. MW Project Space allows us to respond quickly to significant bodies of innovative work and will be used to showcase the work of talented emerging artists and designers and fresh directions in the work of more established artists. These exhibitions are organized at short notice, so please check our website regularly for news on forthcoming shows and events.