The exhibition of new work by Phillip Lai proposes states of inhabitation and enclosure. Moyra Davey works across photography, film and writing to create intimate, flaneur-like visual essays on the everyday passing of time.
London-based artist Phillip Lai is known for a diverse practice often emphasising spatial experience, situation and encounter as materials. His work brings about a sense of itinerancy and estrangement in its particular use of familiar objects, arranged incongruously, altered or reproduced, pushing them to the point of abstraction.
This exhibition of new work created specifically for Gallery 3 proposes states of inhabitation and enclosure, resting visually between the industrial and the domestic. Lai uses contrary aesthetics to disruptive effect, introducing implausible moments into the experience of the work and opening it up to our imaginative involvement.
life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece
Canadian artist Moyra Davey works across photography, film and writing to create intimate, flâneur-like visual essays on the everyday passing of time and her filtered relationship to literature. Davey’s camera often turns towards the overlooked discards and detritus of daily life while she recounts narratives from her collection of novels and philosophy books, weaving these with anecdotes from her lived present and reflections on her relationships with family, literary influences, psychoanalysis, travels and her personal surroundings.
Four video works elucidate Davey’s investigations into text, in particular her fascination with Mary Wollstonecraft, the Shelley sisters, Jean Genet and other literary and philosophical figures. The exhibition presents a major recent work in its entirety, Subway Writers. This series of photographs of commuters writing on the New York subway draws on the history of mail art; creased, stamped and scuffed after being posted directly to Camden Arts Centre, they retain a physical record of their journey.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of Moyra Davey's writing, I'm Your Fan, edited by Camilla Wills.
Image: Moyra Davey, Les Goddesses (2011). HD video with sound, 61min. Courtesy the artist and Murray Guy © Moyra Davey
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Introductory Talk: Thursday 10 April, 5.45 - 6.30pm. A tour of the exhibitions led by Curator Gareth Bell-Jones with artists Moyra Davey and Phillip Lai, on the opening night.
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