Bronwen Buckeridge - Susan Collis - Sara Haq - Kate MccGwire - Tom Lovelace - Sarah Roberts - Julie Verhoeven
Bronwen Buckeridge’s experience as a producer feeds into her binaural sound installations. Here she generates stimulating discrepancies between what we see and hear: upstairs, in Site Sampling, an optician tells us where to look, only to direct our gazes – in the absence of eye charts – to the street activity we might have overlooked. The other sounds, though, come from recordings of the scene by night. Downstairs, in Sounding Periscope (situation s), we hear bats – emerging from a cave, perhaps – but also the live sound outside, now captured from a point rendered confusingly high by the use of a weather balloon.
Sara Haq has known precarious times – recently suffering periods of ill health and homelessness – but, as the gentle self-mockery of the series title Quantum of Solace indicates, she maintains a spirited delicacy and wit. Haq punctuates the show, building shifting perspectives of both high and low into each of her photograph, chipboard and object combinations: clouds, feathers and leaves share common space with fallen trees, roots and mud. Being short, says Haq, it’s a nice change to have people looking up as well as down! There is, she implies, the potential to move through every problem. Inner resourcefulness is connected to nature: there is a seed.
Kate MccGwire is known for the fantastical sculptures she makes from quantities of feathers which it’s already an achievement to source. They come from the high place of flight, but the lichen-like growth of Host and the coiled, unsettling sensuality of Sentient are shot through with ambiguity and darkness – even though the latter affects the purity of white as it writhes inside its glass mausoleum. Perhaps it isn’t quite the descent it seems to the Vermiculus series of life drawings created by graphite-loaded maggots crawling across a paper surface.
Summary of Artists’ Talks 25 May 2017
|The talking artists: L to R Sarah Roberts, Kate McccGwire, Bronwen Buckeridge, Sara Haq, Tom Lovelace|
Kate MccGwire: Natural Born Dualism
Sarah Roberts: What to Look for in an Installation
* Otherwise known as a sundog, an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to the side of the sun due to its reflection off clouds