Brittle Crazie Glasse

Islington Mill, Salford
21 Sep – 3 Nov 2012

Richard Bevan, James Brooks, Sophie Clements, Mark Dean, Pip Dickens, Pippa Gatty, Alistair McClymont, Simson&Volley, August Ventimiglia.

Curated by Lucy Newman Cleeve, Man&Eve
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exhibited works: The Veil of Veronica (offset Halo)

The title for the exhibition is taken from George Herbert’s poem ‘The Windows’. Usually understood in spiritual terms, the poem also works as a metaphor for how materials are simply ‘brittle crazie glasse’ until they are animated by some other agent or phenomena such as light or sound, so that ‘life, colours and light in one, when they combine and mingle, bring a strong regard and awe.’

Many of the works in this exhibition explore the use of light as an activating agent. Others recreate, describe or subvert natural phenomena, or create the appearance of a concrete physical object from the record of a temporal event. In doing so, they seek to transcend their base materiality and draw attention to the distinction between ‘phenomena’, or things as they appear to us, and things as they are in themselves.

The exhibition is accompanied by a screening of Mark Dean’s 1997 film, ‘Scorpio Rising 2 (The Gospel according to St Matthew/Hells Angels on Wheels)’ at St Philip’s Church, 2 Wilton Place, Salford, M3 6FR at 7pm on Friday 26th October.


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