Myself and Others. The exhibition brings together several of Neville's recent works made in response to people and place. What holds the work together is the idea of 'performing a task' whether that is swimming, boat-building or simply standing on a block of ice.
Neville Gabie’s practice is frequently inspired by a response to specific locations or situations, working in a range of media from sculpture to film and photography. From highly urbanised to distantly remote landscapes, his work is a response to the vulnerability of place. His interest is in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural or emotional geography.
Myself and Others brings together several of Neville’s recent works made in response to people and place. What holds the work together is the idea of ‘performing a task’ whether that is swimming, boat-building or simply standing on a block of ice.
The exhibition includes works that are personal performative responses to different situations. Three different films will be screened over the course of the exhibition, involving the active participation of others.
Semra (2015) - Originally filmed in the Aquatics Centre during the construction of the Olympic Park, the footage has been recut with new material, revealing the personal story of Semra. A bus driver on the Olympic Park, whilst it was being built, Semra swam the distance of her bus route in the Olympic Pool, one year before the Games. The first ever timed distance swam in the Olympic Pool.
Afloat (2014) - Using the boat as the main focus, the film chronicles the construction and competitive rowing of a seaworthy skiff. Commissioned by IOTA (Inverness Old Town Arts) to work with the community of tiny crofting township of Achiltibuie, North West Scotland, Neville creates a microcosm of a world. Whilst outward looking, it explores remoteness and redefines the boundaries between sea and land.
Cabot Circus Cantata (2008) - Commissioned by InSite Arts to be artist in residence for three years on a huge city centre redevelopment, Cabot Circus in Bristol. Neville developed a series of works of which the Cabot Circus Cantata is one. Based on recordings of songs drawn from some of the sixty-two different nationalities represented through working on this site, Neville collaborated with David Ogden from the City of Bristol choir to compose a cantata for 100 voices to be sung on the construction site as a tribute to this international workforce.
Image: Neville Gabie
Opening: Fri Sep 18 6pm
123 Kennington Road, London
Fri - Sun 2pm to 6pm