Weaving In & Out
The placements of these photographs, leaning against the wall and rotated at 45 degrees from a traditional orientation are intended to dislocate the viewer from the normal stance of passive viewing. While the images from the North of Chile present landscapes and a villager engaged in craft making, they do not insist on describing a particular place or activity. Instead, they invite viewers to confront the image as object and to create their own narrative within the series of displaced works.
This installation of loose sculptural forms stretched out on a large rough surface, grew from a workshop and ongoing research the artist undertook on textile workers in Massachusetts. He re-deployed the installation for this exhibition as a response to both the immediate site and its proximity to the East River, and the allusion to craft making, prevalent in many of the installations in the exhibition. Made with string, glue and wall compound, the sculptural elements reference “a riverbed full of detritus and forgotten objects, part sculptures, part waste, laid out on tables, seemingly inert.”www.gasworks.org.uk