Wednesday 24 July 2013

Review of 9 Ways To Say It’s Over at 20 Farringdon Street

9 Ways To Say It’s Over
20 Farringdon Street
12 July – 4 August 2013

Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke of “the decisive moment” – the instant when an image is captured, and the fraction of a second in which an event is fixed. Nothing in this life, however, is ever truly fixed. Nothing is constant; everything is in a permanent state of flux. The seven international artists in this exhibition, the first in a programme to be curated by collaborative partnership Inland Offshore, examine this proposition from various angles. Firstly, lens-based media have changed significantly over recent years, with digital threatening to replace analogue, and moving image becoming as prevalent in galleries as stills. Secondly, nothing is ever seen or processed out of context: from a physical point of view, our interpretation of an image varies according to our vantage point; from an emotional point of view, our associations and empathies vary according to personal histories and even just our mood that day. The works hanging in this eerily empty, disused office block invite the viewer to deconstruct and reconstruct, to imagine at will, and to build narratives.

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Stefan Zeyen 
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