Construct of Time
A site-specific exhibition at The Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich.
Curated by Steve Joyce.
June to 12th July, 2003
exhibition uncovers aspects that are a construct of time in a particular
place. It aims to reveal hidden characteristics or processes, like
the nature of materials, or the imposition of order and the intervention
of change. It also explores the relationships between places and
people, as time and space interweave in a memory re-inventing itself
over the years.
artists become yet another construct of time as they develop their
site-specific artwork in response to the place, the history, the
architecture or the presence of the Ancient House. Site-specific
artwork, whether approached intuitively or conceptually, means that
the artists have to identify with some aspect of the place that
allows them to work personally, but it also means they have to give
up something, so that the work emerges from the place, rather than
being imposed on it.
Joyce reveals connections between time and place, as he questions
the meaning of a building as a monument. Buildings, books and monuments
suggest permanence, but what fleeting moments might have escaped
notice, and who defines what is significant and why? This artistís
concern is to find connections, or propose alternative histories.
In this way his work offers new perceptions about the land, habitation
Summerfield investigates the growth of architectural diversity
in the area, as it organically developed through history. The key
aspect is the incongruent presence of buildings and spaces existing
outside their own times to create a vibrant present. The organic
and man-made processes of structure in the architectural environment
echoes his interest in 'natural' and 'manufactured' forms.
Wyllie explores the history of the house in terms of the occupancy,
and the diverse livelihoods of those who through the centuries shaped
it into its present form.
Reynolds integrates the history of the ancient house with a
parallel personal history of growth, adaptation and change of her
own. She creates metaphors from these histories conveyed through
the metamorphic cocoons created by the ever-present insect inhabitants.
Construct of Time: an exhibition of site-specific artwork as
part of the IP-ART 2003 festival featuring work by Steve Joyce,
Chris Summerfield, Emma Reynolds, Margaret Wyllie.
28th June to 12th July, 2003; 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.
At the Ancient House Gallery (Lakeland Limited), Ipswich.
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