Date(s) - 15/02/2020 - 25/04/2020
Golden Thread Gallery
Dissolving Histories: An Unreliable Presence brings together work by four of the most exciting young artists on this island and beyond.
This is the third instalment in a series of exhibitions of contemporary visual art at the Golden Thread Gallery which follow the acclaimed Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art series. The purpose of the Dissolving Histories series is to actively investigate the notion of history itself.
Artists Bassam Al Sabah, Liliane Puthod, Michael Hanna and Stuart Calvin are individually interested in contemporary consumerism, materiality and futuristic landscape. The exhibition considers today’s lifestyle, informed by our consumption of material goods.
Hanna’s piece explore the ideas of utopian communities and ways of living. The work uses as its starting point the utopian publication Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, who at the time of writing in 1888 the western world was going through a similar moment when the disparity within society and world politics was in crisis.
Calvin’s work focuses on new age ideologies, his sculptural works are reminiscent of the symbols and connections that inhabit both the real and mystical landscape. The philosophical inquiry in his work explores our propensity and need to seek spiritual fulfilment in times of chaos.
Al Sabah through his multi-media installations creates surreal animated landscapes that move from the physical to the mythological. His works are influenced by Japanese anime that use hyper surreal imagery embedded in the ideas of fantasy. Al Sabah deconstructs this language by referencing war imagery to reflect the experience of countries divided by war.
Puthod in contrast highlight’s our fetishisation of consumer culture; neon lights, the hum and glow of a fridge, reference our consumer culture and the fabrication of desire through everyday objects.
This grouping of artists came about through studio visits and an idea of creating an exhibition that reflects our current moment, the artist’s areas of research compound that while we face the current political and global crisis our response and reaction reflects the complexity of our time and our means of translating this reality into artists practice.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 11.00 – 17.00
Saturday 11.00 – 16.00
Sunday & Monday Closed