23 Feb 2011—12 Mar 2011
Threatening Environments explores the idea of fixing of a place/location through the examination of its visual information and its various threads of information that accumulate/‘hang’ at chosen locations that one may pass through in a normal days travel through the city; laneways, underpasses, street corners, open park ways.
Invariably a sense of deja-vu pervades some locations; I might have been here before but when? Was it an odd dream, a drunken night when I witnessed a violent/racist meeting of two groups of people or just a certain ambience of a scene that trajects/channels/echoes a similar scene from a movie/art work?
The exhibition examines the forming of new information in the process of fixing this location and its residual information that forms in the acts of painting, construction, presentation and reception of the works/environment. Tracing the trajectory of the emerging ‘belief’ of a location. The collected belief in the identity of certain locations invested in them by a culture of the times. The exhibition looks at the idea of defining and the destabilization of this defining/fixing process.
There is inherent anxiety residing in these locations and a pervading beauty as well. In the low light conditions of the exhibition the audience is invited to use torches to help gather more information from the works.