Bloc Projects presents:
Kate Bridgen / Pippa Gatty / Dylan Shipton
Preview: Friday 8th March 2013
In Italo Calvino’s 1985 novel Mr. Palomar, the reader is taken on a journey through mundane but highly individual musings, seen from the perspective of the title character, who takes his name from the famous telescope and observatory. Mr Palomar tries to explain and define his existence by seeking order and reason in his visual and cultural surroundings. Taking the novel as a starting point, this exhibition has developed through close collaboration and discussion between the artists to create a symbiosis between the artworks, the boundaries of which are at times ambiguous.
Dylan Shipton’s work re-models the space through large-scale architectural interventions, including a viewing structure that provides an altered view of the other pieces. Shipton’s work will serve as an environmental framework and counter-point for the other works to react with and against. In an extension of her painting practice, Kate Brigden is showing a series of glazed porcelain objects that aim to toy with ideas of vision and perception, suggestive of cosmic concepts. Pippa Gatty’s video projections simulate a landscape and atmosphere, enveloping and interrupting the objects and structures.
Palomar is developed from a project initiated at Surface Gallery, Nottingham 2012.
‘In identifying a constellation, the decisive proof is to see how it answers when you call it. More convincing than the matching of distances and configurations with those marked on the chart is the reply that the luminous dot gives to the name by which it has been called, its promptness in responding to that sound, becoming one with it.’
Mr. Palomar, Italo Calvino, (Martin Secker & Warburg, 1985)
July - September 2012
This photographic series archives thirty-two staircases situated in the twenty-four underground train stations on the U8 line in Berlin, Germany. The images are the result of an interest that has spanned four years, since Victoria Lucas temporarily relocated to Berlin in 2008 to undertake an art residency.
The transient nature of the city of Berlin is echoed in this underground network of spaces. Artists, musicians and tourists arrive and depart from the city as frequently as the trains pass through the stations. Berlin promises a utopian dream, a place in which to enrich existence; a refuge for the nomad artist and non-conformist ideals. It is steeped in a unique and complex history that is still recent enough to be present on the city’s surface, and on the faces of the native residents who travel through Berlin amongst the ephemeral hordes.
A limited edition publication documenting all of the 32 photographs will be available from March 2012.
Read The Art of Relationship HERE- Matthew Clegg’s text on Nigel Grimmer’s show Minor Monuments.
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