RECENT Exhibitions

Lezlie Tilley

- camouflage, 2015

7 July to 1 August

525 Concealment

N. concealment camouflage confinement hiding covering up disguise deception masquerade anonymity incognito smoke screen hidden agenda evasion misinformation white lie subterfuge trickery suppression cover-up duplicity secrecy mystery clandestineness secretiveness conspiracy plot cipher code

Adj. concealed hush-hush covered hooded masked veiled smothered suppressed underground unintelligible obliterate stifle disguise obscure eclipsed stay in the shadows bamboozle cryptic unnamed covert arcane confidential lurking hugger-mugger evasive vague silent

Vb. conceal cover up paper over whitewash blot out bury muffle keep secret give nothing away not utter a syllable make no sign be discreet stay in the shadows bamboozle draw a veil over make no sign prowl lurk skulk conspire pussyfoot blindfold

Tiny pieces of river gravel are arranged according to the laws of chance on a formal grid, expressing a rhythmical pattern that carries a multiplicity of meaning for camouflage when covered by a layer of paint.

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Claire Anna Watson, 'Heterochiral Sequence'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

7 July to 1 August

In 'Heterochiral Sequence', plant matter is transposed into an otherworldly environment. This new work investigates the way that food is presented to us; it seeks to subvert the glossy magazines that market comestibles and contemplates how synthetic technologies are influencing our way of life.

The work arises from an ongoing fascination for plant life and our intrinsic connection to the natural world through the food that we eat. It explores how this relationship is fraught with tension, the effects of an ever-changing world. In this work, the subject itself is given agency; food is a spectacle, animated ​in an effort ​ to seduce the viewer​ into a state of contemplation​.

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Robert Boynes

- In Plain Sight, 2015

7 July to 1 August

As the title implies, the subject and content in this work is available to us all. It is clear. It is ubiquitous. Just because it is there, it does not mean that we see it. Peripatetic patterns of motion may be unseen or unsighted. By stopping this action or slowing it down, the viewer is invited to become part of the act, remembering glimpses or chance encounters that we would not normally scrutinise. At times there are media images that are seared into our brains and memory so clearly that we become dumb to their existence. These images are all around us. They are in plain sight.

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'Mouthfeel', curated by Megan Fizell

- Black Box Projects, 2015

9 June to 4 July

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films. The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances.

Films by Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Hannah Raisin, Nina Ross, Martynka Wawrzyniak (courtesy of Envoy Enterprises, New York City), and Elizabeth Willing.

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Multiples

- curated by Akky van Ogtrop, 2015

9 June to 4 July

An exhibition of prints, books, photographs and sculptural objects.

The ideology behind the artist’s multiple is born out of the anti-art movement, fuelled by Dadaism, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Pop Art.

Creating artist’s multiples, typically in short runs, allows artworks to be accessible to a larger portion of the population via the employment of economical materials and processes. Also, by making reproducible artwork, the sacredness of the object itself decreases, allowing for the concept behind the work to take precedence and for these concepts to reflect the interests of their audience: the general public.

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Janet Tavener

- Memento, 2015

5 May to 6 June

In my previous work ice sculptures of both heirloom and exotic fruits were photographed as they melted in a constructed glacial landscape. These works acted as a metaphor for shrinking polar icecaps, indicators of global climate change and fragility of our food system.

In the new series ‘Memento’ the crystalline fruit and vegetables are no longer floating on a melting surface but have sunken into the ocean - semi submerged as they are swept along the icy current. Objects such as a skull and fly, symbols of decay and transience, join the icy fruit and vegetables that once nourished and sustained life. The photographs have an innate sense of loss – a frozen moment in time that has already passed.

While dealing with the present, the work is also steeped in the traditions of the still life painting dating back to the 17th century in which the depiction of everyday objects represents our temporality – a Memento Mori, and our folly if we believe we can cheat nature.

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