Gallery North presents October by Warwick Stafford Fellow Laurence Kavanagh.
Public Preview: 21 Oct 2015 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
October is an exhibition that sets out to investigate our evolving relationship to the screen, and its effect on our understanding of both physical and psychic spaces. This new work forms a part of Laurence Kavanagh's Calendar Series, a larger, on-going body of work.
In his role as the Warwick Stafford Fellow, Kavanagh's research has centred upon the Star and Shadow Cinema, a co-operative based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. With the cinema’s support Kavanagh has taken “death masks” in paper and graphite from all seven cinema screens, ranging from the full size immersive cinema experience to the domestic home cinema screen, which form the major new body of work presented in October.
The exhibition consists of a number of sculptural works developed from these cinema screen casts to operate between the illusory three-dimensional and two-dimensional spaces of sculpture and the photographic image. The casts were then developed in the artist's studio in BALTIC 39, with some subsequently brought back into the cinema building and used to form new works that record further objects and textures within the cinema such as packing boxes, projection room doors, cinema signs and the surface of the concrete flooring. The work sets out to re-appraise the importance of touch, both physical and visual, through historical ideas of theatre alongside concepts of the 'literal' and the 'event' within sculpture.
For Kavanagh, these works question the indexical relationship of photography to subject; the potential of digital photographic technology to increase our physical visual relationship to objects and architecture. The screen, acting as a liminal space between pictorial and object, is used to re-animate the cinema building as an active locus.
Kavanagh is the recipient of the prestigious Warwick Stafford Research Fellowship in partnership with Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and the work in October has been made as part of this year-long Fellowship. He previously studied at Newcastle University where he has work displayed at the Hatton Gallery until 20th February 2016.
Exhibition photography by Joseph Crookall.