Be Like Water : WORKPLACE GATESHEAD

18 May - 22 June 2013

Workplace presents be like water, a group exhibition looking at aspects of destruction as artistic formula, the erroneous or delusive nature of a fading memory, and discourses surrounding the invented and imagined. be like water takes the work of six artists who employ repetition, attrition, sublimation and intersubjectivity in the creation of their work, together formulating a dynamic epistemology relating to the intangibility
of memories.

 

DARREN BANKS’ looping video, Aural Fascination, is a clip taken from the 1974 Italian horror film, ‘The Antichrist’ and sees the psychologist, Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi interviewing ‘Ippolita,’ a paralyzed young woman suffering from serious psychological issues stemming from the death of her mother. The clip plays over a section of Ennio Morricone and Edda Dell'Orso's, 'Ma Non Troppo Erotico (1971) a seductive, soothing but erotically charged piece of music which holds Sinibaldi in seemingly fragile flux which could at any point spin off into a spiraling hedonism.

 

ANNA BETBEZE creates rich colour saturated works from Greek Flokati rugs. Acids, dyes and resins, accumulate, dissolve and destroy the fabric. Bunsen burners, ash and blades act to further obliterate the rugs, creating simultaneously playful and brutal works which push beyond the limitations of their materiality referencing 20th Century abstract painting, iconic interior furnishing, and metaphors for annihilation and decline.

 

MICHAƁ BUDNY’s works are a poetic interpretation of often delusive phenomena, such as voice, memory or light. His works are an overlaying of fragile, frequently temporal materials, which act to undermine any sense of stability or form often associated with painting and sculpture. With their insubstantial and ethereal presence, they confuse the reading of volume and form.

 

RICHARD RIGG presents Over and done, a customised infinitely looping cassette tape with an isolated section of a piece of music titled, ‘Kész az egész,’ by Hungarian composer, Mihály Vig. The music’s lyrics relate to a sense of complete loss and finality. Rigg recorded the piece of music directly onto tape from an online internet archive. Pairing the almost obsolete technology of the cassette and the affiliated tape player, with the now freely accessible sources of media present on the internet, Rigg presents the audience with a kind of corrupted memory trapped in an endless cycle of nostalgia.

 

JOE CLARK’s photographic images of sunsets captured in the reflections of mirrors have the uncertain trace of time and moment. There is a fleeting or elusive resonance with the present, tempered by the ever changing and inescapable passing of time. Within the three images, Clark alludes to the
often imprecise perception of past and present, and the poetic crystallisation of the irretrievable.

 

KERRY TRIBE presents Here & Elsewhere, a documentary style film surrounding an interview between Peter Wollen (film critic and theoretician) and his ten-year-old daughter, Audrey. Posed with questions derived from Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville’s 1978 television documentary,
France/tour/détour/deux/enfants, Audrey wrestles with an incomprehensible conundrum, one of explaining phenomena such as light, image, time, space, memory and existence. Throughout the course of the interview the young girl’s answers seem to unravel into spirals of contradiction. Tribe
uses the filmic format to further question the medium’s authenticity in relation to the represented and the real, drawing parallels with the human condition.