How do we measure time and the world about us? How do we locate ourselves? How do measures of reality relate to our experience of reality? In A Measure of Reality seven artists approach these questions in strongly contrasting ways.
Dan Graham, Mona Hatoum, Lizzie Hughes, Richard Long, Robert Morris,
Euan Uglow, Gary Woodley
How do we measure time and the world about us?
How do we locate ourselves?
How do measures of reality relate to our experience of reality?
In A Measure of Reality seven artists approach these questions in strongly contrasting ways.
"Location", a wall piece by the American Robert Morris, literally records its own location in the gallery. His fellow minimalist, Dan Graham lists measurements "from the edge of the known universe" to the distance between his cornea and retinal wall. In equally deadpan fashion Lizzie Hughes, the youngest artist in the show, relentlessly telephones people on each floor of the Empire State Building to ask which floorthey are on. Hearing the tape now there is unavoidable pathos, though it was recorded before September 11.
Gary Woodley plays with architectural space. In a specially commissioned "impingement" he negotiates a geometric figure through the spaces of KettleÂ¹s Yard from the street window to the back of the house.
Richard LongÂ¹s work is altogether more rural. With texts and maps he evokes his measured walks in a barely disturbed wilderness. Over twelve days he took a circular walk of 360 miles, crossing and recrossing the circle to create "A Circle of Middays".
Euan Uglow's world was his studio. Paintings, which go by names such as "Root Five Nude" and "Double Square, Double Square", plot the geometry of a life model in a meticulously organised setting. The exhibition includes a remarkable sequence of reclining nudes, spanning more than twenty years.
In Mona HatoumÂ¹s early video, "Measures of Distance", her motherÂ¹s letters from Lebanon speak of the pain of distance and separation and of the familyÂ¹s exile from Palestine.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Brendan Prendeville who lectures in the History of Art at Goldsmiths College.
Image: Euan Uglow - Jana, 1996/97
There will be a private view in the presence of some of the artists on 9 March from 18.00-20.00.
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