Simon Faithfull: Elsewhen | 09.03.19 – 30.06.19
The solo exhibition ‘Elsewhen’ brings together a series of works and interventions by internationally acclaimed artist Simon Faithfull that collectively act as a kind of orientation device for both the artist and the visitor to Hestercombe Gallery.
Many of Faithfull’s works endeavour to subjectively map the planet that the artist finds himself on – attempting to understand his place in both time and space.
Faithfull often tries to bring back personal accounts of far-flung places and to create what he calls ‘An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity’. More importantly though, the artworks also try to connect the local, everyday scale of our normal lives to the wider, global scale of the planet. Faithfull’s works for this exhibition have been selected in an attempt to place the viewer against a planetary scale of both space and time.
Our inability to deal easily with these huge scales however means that this ‘orientation device’ can in fact feel more ‘disorientating’ rather than reassuring. The artworks ask questions about where we find ourselves and perhaps undermine some of our comfortable delusions about the stability and certainty of our place within the wider universe – orientation as an aid to getting lost!