Platform contrasts artworks and the spaces of the gallery in order to reveal something about visual perception and how we encounter different aspects of the world.
In the central top-lit gallery, the walls are cleared and the work moves down to the ground level. Jim Lambie’s The Strokes is a substantial work covering the entire floor of the main gallery (all 250 square metres).The stark black and white rhythmical swirls of Lambie’s work alter perception and adjust the psychological balance of the viewer. The work transforms the viewer experience as well as providing a fascinating contrast to the Victorian terracotta detailing of the gallery’s architecture.
In the film space we will be showing Mark Wallinger’s Construction Site (2011). On a pebbled shore a group of scaffolders assemble a structure until the top is in line with the horizon. It draws the attention and forces the viewer to look in a different way, to become aware of things which might normally be missed. The work is a metaphor for the framing of everyday life and the notion that as a viewer we construct (and sometimes fabricate) our own position.