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It's very quite here

when > 2014
where > Gowen Contemporary, London
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> It's very quiet here - A portrait of a residency, an essay on visual silence, and footnotes for an exhibition.

1. On visual silence.

'It's very quiet here' is a phrase I often hear when resident artists arrive in Trelx. Sounds are not necessarily quieter - church bells and cow bells are very loud - but from the high windows of the large studio, one observes very little change or movement. In the distance, nothing ever seems to change much yet one then becomes attuned to the most subtle changes. perhaps the stillness is also more overwhelming because it is a new experience, different from the daily background din.

Over 40 artists that have worked in the studio since 2012, for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months. Many threads have emerged but an early connection was made between the artists Min Kim, Kezia Pritchard, Kristofer Henrikson, Nicholas John Jones and Yoonjung Kim eventhough they did not all overlap inTrelex. The unobtrusive stillness in their work and the meditative quality of their practice make me aware of the concept of Visual Silence, a quality I have since explored in my own practice and sought out in that of others ...Continue to read on issuu

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> Some of the key words, notions, ideas, concepts that are each present in the works I selected for this exhibition and are part of the dialogue between the objects:

Forgetting
imperfect memories and histories
Impermanence / wabisabi
Imperfect reflections
Imperfect transparencies
Absence of sound, visual representation of
Absence/loss
Erasure/eradication
Erosion/ decay
Covering up
Hidden layers
Failure
Undoing
Mist/snow
Darkness/obscurity/night
Emptiness
Doubt/fragility

Uncertainty of knowledge/absurdity
Imperceptible change
Cancellation through repetition
White noise
Paper/ephemeral medium
Distance/detachment
Small scale
Humility
Slow
Serenity
Meditation/waiting
Care/craft
Briefest of moments/single breath
Code
Camouflage
Stillness/lack of movement

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