Our latest exhibition focuses on the work of two artists, Beth Davis-Hofbauer and Maragret Marks. The pieces in this exhibition relate to the philosophical concept of materiality and how we absorb the world through our senses.
Features video, sound, projection, light installation, giant hanging rainbow spinners, textiles and balloon installation/temporary sculpture.
Each piece in the exhibition demands to be interacted with and some pieces even have a physical affect on viewers.
Hope Floats (2015) Beth Davis-Hofbauer
When you are a child a balloon makes everything better. Anything and everything can be improved by being handed that rounded piece of latex filled with air. It is this thought and watching my children and their interaction with balloons and lights that influenced this piece.
Inspired by the work of William Forsythe this installation invites you to interact with your surroundings and return to that feeling of calm and excitement that you felt being handed that balloon as a child. You are invited to take off your shoes and lie under the balloon canopy to be enveloped in a sea of calm. The giant balloon above you is the shade baker-miller pink. This colour is also known as “drunk tank pink” due to its use in New York’s drunk tanks as a way to calm down agitated drunkards. No one knows why this colour has this affect but numerous studies have shown its calming and weakening influence.
Breath, Margaret Marks
The Light Fantastic, 2015 Beth Davis-Hofbauer
As a child I loved rainbow spinners, the way they caught the light and moved with the gentlest of breezes. As an adult I wanted to explore this on a greater level. These giant rainbow spinners invite interaction, they catch the light and dance when you walk past them; the slightest movement triggering a response.
Wall Hangings (untitled) Margaret Marks
Believe, 2015 Beth Davis-Hofbauer
We all need believe in something, even if it’s only ourselves. This LED light display beckons the viewer to believe. The light slowly flashes and fades to indicate a sense of benign emergency.
You Are OK, (2015) Beth Davis-Hofbauer
This video installation utilises baker-miller pink to calm frazzled nerves. Its light pulses in time with the accompanying soundscape. This music overlays samples, modified motorway sounds, children’s screams and splashing in leaves to create an immersive and almost hypnotic environment.
This Current exhibition runs until June 9th 2015.