RECENT Exhibitions

'Screen Surface', curated by Geoffrey Weary

- Black Box Projects, 2015

4 to 29 August

It is easy to fall into old habits of interpretation. This is particularly true of screen-based artworks when they resemble a narrative or documentary film. Invariably the question of meaning becomes associated with content and “form” is of little consequence. The works selected for this exhibition are engaged in a two–way interaction where social, environmental and identity issues are mediated through highly personalised approaches to the treatment of the surface of the projected screen image.

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Irianna Kanellopoulou

- Wanderland, 2015

4 to 29 August

This work captures the adventures and wandering tales of protagonists with a hidden, throwaway past. Released from their captivity, these characters and found objects are given a renewed purpose and claim a re-discovered and re-invented identity. These previous ‘throwaways’ are now the new heroes in a surreal, super reality and blur the line between ambiguity and recognition. Fragments of dialogues are whispered and tales are unravelled. We are allowed only glimpses into this new stage of these merging, independent worlds, as we are never shown the whole story.

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...a piece of string...

- curated by Al Munro, 2015

4 to 29 August

Textiles are ubiquitous... they are our tea towels, our footy socks and our great Aunt's floral curtains. Textiles also mark rites of passage: birthday dresses, wedding gowns, school uniforms. But textiles have also been at the centre of some of the most important concepts maths and science. The word line - one of the most fundamental units of Euclidean geometry - is derived from the Latin linea or linen, recounting the string used in ancient times to measure parcels of land. And the nautical unit for measuring speed - knots - refers to the knotted rope which was used to calculate how fast a boat was travelling prior to mechanical devices.

And it is precisely because of this combination of everyday-ness and fundamental spatial qualities that textiles provide artists with a rich ground for exploration.

'...a piece of string...' presents the work of Jacqueline Bradley, Kirsty Darlaston, Lucy Irvine, Melinda Le Guay, Jemima Parker, and Al Munro to demonstrate the diversity of artistic possibilities offered by textile-based art media. These are artists who engage with textile forms in order to test the boundaries of art/craft and to work with the specific material and cultural associations of fibre. The exhibition points to the diversity of current textile art practice and alludes to the endless possibilities a single ball of string might provide...

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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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