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Vanishing Points

The Foundry Gallery
39 Old Church Street
Chelsea
London
SW3 5BS

27 September to 9 November 2019
PV: 26 September. 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


The Foundry Gallery are pleased to announce a new exhibition by the artists Rosalind Davis & Justin Hibbs.

Davis and Hibbs’ collaboration brings together different aspects of their respective practices to create transformative and experiential installations. The works are constructed site specifically, using modular elements such as steel frameworks and mirrored sculptures that both reflect and reconfigure the space, acting as an endlessly changing compositional device as the viewer navigates the work. Creating both a disorientating and mesmerising effect, the work investigates “how space can be both clearly and deceivingly bordered, walled, outlined and mirrored. Their resulting work highlights possibilities, pathways and dead ends as short-lived arrangements which, despite their calculated appearance, are actually subjective compositions, susceptible to constant re-assembly.” (Jillian Knipe, Wall Street International.)

The title of the exhibition alludes to the question of vanishing points within the work; are these illusory as in a reflection or are they physically real?  It also relates to the formal language of architecture and linear perspective in drawing, which have long used geometrical methods such as the Vanishing Point to represent three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional surface.

Davis and Hibbs individual practices share common references to the social, political and aesthetic agendas encoded within architectural structures and in their different ways renegotiate the visual and ideological legacies of modernism to probe both real and idealised notions of space. They create structures where the potential for interpretation or reading is contingent on the audiences’ own individual and relational responses.

‘Artistic production is nodal, networked, and a perpetually unfinished project, things nudging each other, domino effects transpiring. The real-world analogue of this is that in an artist’s studio, it’s always a transitional moment: the detached artwork as standalone statement is a falsity, a piece of theatre. In reality, one thing leads to another, all kinds of ambient forces shaping what’s made’ (Martin Herbert from the text ‘Between Before and After’ to accompany Justin Hibbs Exhibition ‘Alias Re-Covered’ Carroll/Fletcher 2015).

‘Davis’ sculptural interventions have an ability to change composition in a circular narrative portraying how we move through space while adapting to the structures and how we adapt structure to the way we move through space. A transformative piece which looks to fold, shift, disassemble, lean and reconfigure itself with endless possibilities. Rosalind relates this to her earlier paintings of brutalist and modernist buildings as if she’s taken the structure and pulled it out and turned it into a sculpture.’ Jillian Knipe. Wall Street International.

Vanishing points is the 5th collaborative exhibition of site Responsive Installations made over the last year by Justin Hibbs and Rosalind Davis. Previous collaborations include; no format Gallery (2018) Seven Oaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Arthouse 1 Gallery and My Cup of Coffee is my Cup of Tea (all 2019).

The artists would very much like to encourage visitors to document their experiences of the exhibition photographically, to compose and record their own individual perspectives and responses to the installation. This process of looking and recording is seen by the artists as an essential ‘creative act’ enacted by the audience which acts as a wider form of collaboration that informs the ongoing development of their work and ideas.

Sasha Bowles will be in discussion with Justin and Rosalind on Saturday  9th  November at 5pm. The artists will be there from 3pm that same day if you would like to meet the artists informally. ​

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