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Solid State is an exhibition reflecting upon our grasp of the real. Through film, photography, painting, and sculpture it explores the dialogue between subject and media in the quest for reality. Paradoxically, the more we attempt to define the real the more illusory and elusive it becomes.
The exhibition has been curated by Jane Dixon, recently Kettle’s Yard and New Hall Artist Fellow. Her own new paintings of warplane imagery appropriate the photographic technique of using coloured filters to play on the ambiguity between space and objects.
Joining her are four contemporary artists and the Russian Constructivist Naum Gabo. John Smith’s film Black Tower has us doubting our own perception and memory as a mysterious black tower appears and disappears on an urban journey. A photogram by Cornelia Parker turns the striking of a match into a permanent trace. The foregrounds of Helen Sear’s landscape photographs suddenly reveal themselves to be animal fur. And David Cheeseman literally deconstructs and reconstructs a complete living room.
Alongside the artists’ work are some of the earliest, 19th century photographic experiments with light-sensitive materials, plus contemporary body scans and infra-red aerial photography.
Instead of a unified and coherent image of the world, we are confronted with a series of partial views. What emerges is a compound notion of truth.