Being + Nothingness
February 9 - March 16 2001
Opening Feb 9, 9 pm
Curated by Rosemary Heather
'Being and Nothingness': an expression of undying admiration for art's limitless ability to conjure meaning from the merest of elements. Ostensibly about nothing, the show is actually about the being of art and about how that being is naturally a function of nothing. For this reason, the exhibition brings together minimal, abstract, artworks that straddle the threshold of nothing, giving it shape, form and tangibility.
Aiming to create just this delicate balance, the show is composed of,
-'Cool Semi', by Sisi Penaloza. A video; in it the artist tails a truck as it travels through the night. Presented as a loop, the beginning and end of the journey is uncertain. The video consists solely of the rectangular rear of the vehicle held constant in the centre of the frame. Light sparkles and dances off its silvery fašade. In keeping with the theme of 'being and nothingness', this work of considerable beauty is also just a mere rectangle travelling in the night.
-'Bug', by Fergal Stapleton. These 3-D works are imperfectly formed, modest in scale and painted a peculiar and sad institutional blue-green colour. Resolutely enigmatic, they are effused with a pathetic nostalgia. Tacitly Constructivist in look, the 'Bug's are sly reminders of the failed ambitions of modernism.
-' komfy korners', by Holly Ward. Ward will use pipe cleaners to 'soften' one or more corners of the gallery. This peripheral intervention provides a commentary on the context that melds nicely with the B+N premise. Ward's piece aims to access the illusionary potential of the walls themselves, by melting it into its pure retinal function. In this fashion the work poses the question: which is the Being and which is the Nothingness of Art?
The answer: It's the support, it's the support, it's the support. RH
! performances by Laura Borealis and Greg Tymoshenko
! plus djs eric glavin and ken wong