Join us for the opening of two solo exhibitions; Tully Arnot, Airhead, and Brandt Lewis, Staging Beckett.
Exhibition opens Thursday May 5th 6pm
Airhead – Tully Arnot
Tully Arnot works explores the cheerful contradiction of when when nothing is used to create something. The textile and inflated works in Air Head are essentially just skins that need to be filled to exist. Air is a medium where action is essential to the works it produces, and this spirit has led to creations involving an immersive departure from reality.
Tully Arnot’s sculptures have been torn, deflated, popped and entered; these are not stagnant artifacts, and their entropic nature only serves to propagate new and subsequent versions of works. As an artist, Tully pursues total abstraction and shies away from work that expresses emotional or political content. Understandably he has been labelled a nihilist but what is special about this philosophical approach is the way that he presents the meaningless world occupied by the nihilist.
For Arnot there is no lamenting for a nonsensical existence. In response to the view that nothing has purpose, meaning or order, Arnot finds the obvious need for play. Conceptually his work involves a cogitative approach of this solution, resulting in wordplays, dualities and contradictions. These works arise through observation, a subtle distillation of reality, leading to the subversion of content and abstraction of form.
Staging Beckett – Brandt Lewis
Brandt Lewis’ exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints also explore elements of nihilism, being loosely based on the staging directions from Samuel Beckett’s play Endgame. These are small ensemble pieces with a cast few in number. They have within their forms, within their theatrical characters, all the necessary roles to play out an infinite number of interpersonal scenarios. The stage is also a small, intimate one – primarily domestic, as a stage of this size can intensify the interpersonal interaction between the participants.
The theatre work of the twentieth century Irish writer Samuel Beckett offers Lewis the stage on which to develop his own figurative compositions: a stage where people come and go enacting a desperate attempt to communicate in the face of oblivion (not unlike the process of drawing and painting), and a stage where he can pursue the creative process of making a drawing, a painting, a body of work.
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