Works Projects | Knives are Mothers
WORKS | PROJECTS
1 February – 15 March
Heather and Ivan Morison have established an ambitious collaborative
practice over the past decade that transcends the divisions between art,
architecture and theatre.
Their work has always been preoccupied with how we navigate catastrophe
and the essential violence of change, and more recent works have moved
from a wider social view to focus on how individuals move beyond moments
of personal calamity.
For their first exhibition at WORKS|PROJECTS Heather and Ivan Morison
will present an installation of black and white photographs and sculptures
meticulously crafted from chalk and black ebonised timber that frame a
narrative within the gallery, which in turn frames every action that takes place
within the space.
Permeating the installation is a narrated audio piece between an older woman
and a young girl, a mother and daughter. The two discuss the items in the
space – the mother coaches the girl and stories are layered over the objects,
whether these objects are sculptures or desks or donuts. Present in the
conversation, the visitor is aware that it refers to the space they are in and the
objects that surround them and that they are a component of the work.
Commands are given, challenges to participate are issued. Sometimes the
gallery staff will carry them out: move this, move that, dampen the sculpture,
whisper these words, turn the lights off, leave the gallery. Sometimes the
visitors will find themselves doing what they are told.
Mother and daughter are split, the visitor stands between them.
Thursday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
or by appointment
c/o Spike Island
No. 133 Cumberland Road
+44 (0)7714 480 849