When I was young, maybe even 10, a group of teenagers punched me in a circle. I remember being impressed by the cleanness of the act, how visual it was, how choreographed it was, as they swang at me one by one until the whole circle released.
WORDS ARE ANGULAR SHARP, TENANT is an exhibition of new works in video, sound and text by Rebecca Lennon.
In the works gathered Lennon layers images, speech, text and sound to meditate on questions of selfhood, language, dis/order and choreography.
Sewing together diaristic footage, with gestures and body language, hums and verbal tics, associative narratives and repeated, spiralling phrases, these works reject linearity to instead explore fragmentary, rhythmical, circular and bodily narratives.
In Lennon's hands images, sounds and words are treated with equal attention. These materials are combined, reworked and repeated; meaning and connotation slip and destabilise. The artist creates a situation in which languages (visual and verbal) can be set into play with one another. Variation, rhythm and counterpoint drive the composition of a series of new works presented in the gallery space and outside in the garden of 92 Webster Road.
The works shown emerge from a long process of generating text, images, and sound. From this bank of material Lennon composes, edits and arranges to create works across which ideas resurface and recur, their relationships becoming redefined by their new contexts.
WORDS ARE ANGULAR SHARP, TENANT is the fifteenth in a series of 10-day shows at Matt’s Gallery.