artsdepot are please to present the first showing of VISITOR, a newly commissioned installation by Gibson and Martelli (igloo) in the Apthorp Gallery.
Inspired by the artists' travels to the snow-driven mountains of the Canadian Rockies VISITOR was developed following research at The Banff Arts Centre.
Vermilion Lake comprises a full-scale replica of a trappers cabin housing an interactive virtual environment. A companion moving image piece, where the bears are sleeping, depicts monochromatic imagery of glaciers, forests and frozen lakes.
In both works, either a friendly or malevolent force is suggested, evoking the hunter being hunted, the tracker being tracked. Employing techniques used in video games, bringing exterior virtual space into the physical gallery space the exhibition plays with our anticipation of different forms of reality.
Gibson & Martelli work together as igloo creating ambiguous topographies and relationships between the natural and the artificial. Re-purposing media tools and combining them with remodelled objects, prints and interrupted surfaces they simulate and reconfigure representations of the world.
VISITOR is an investigation into the experience of place, figure and landscape. Real and invented panoramas depict the beauty and strangeness of the natural world.
The artists' first work won them a BAFTA nomination and their installations, video works, online projects and performances have featured in international exhibitions and festivals including the 52nd Venice Biennale.
"The worlds they create are total simulacrums: there is no separation between the invented & the real, the site & the represented, the local & the imagined. It is a territory that is cohesive & singular in language, yet simultaneously is forever folding in on itself. Their work engages the particular of the site while undermining its place, the original & point of departure become one in a conceptual unravelling."
Richard Ducker Curator, Fieldgate Gallery 2010