Dumb Rocks

Dumb Rocks

14 June 2013 — 6 July 2013

14 Jun 2013 — 6 Jul 2013

Dumb Rocks

Belmacz Gallery is pleased to present Dumb Rocks, an exhibition of diverse new works by Tim Berresheim, Jess Flood-Paddock, Camilla Løw, Oliver Osborne, Travess Smalley, Oliver Sutherland, including pieces by David Nash and Ettore Sottsass. The show is curated by Ben Newton.

 

“…Well Frank, as we know billions of years ago the world was a molten mass, and over time and for reasons unknown to man, the earth cooled and formed a hard crust, this crust is what we today call ‘rock’”. ¹

 

As an exhibition Dumb Rocks intends to set out a discussion between the works, centred around a phenomenological inquiry into the essence of Art. What is the relation between the objectivity of an Artwork – that is, its material being as an ‘object’, and its nature as an ‘artwork’. To what extent is the material ‘objectivity’ of the work essential or incidental to the work? And how does its form carry the work’s concept or lack thereof?

 

As viewers we bring our own sense of ‘subjectivity’ to the gallery or exhibition space — It is our own ‘internal voice’ that tries to make sense of or form concepts of the Artwork presented. One could say that mute or dumb material is activated into being by this voice. Powers of cognition/recognition equip us with the tools to make value judgments on the objects before us. The seemingly immutable has the potential to become Mutable. Nature’s boulder can become a table, a bench, and a pedestal whilst remaining all along merely the stuff of geological intrigue.

 

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Scientist Ted Olson explaining to Detective Frank Drebin the forensic report on an offending rock used by the mob to smash his Locksmith shop window. Police Squad, Episode 5 'Rendezvous at Big gulch'
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    Installation View

  • Ivory Pedestal

    Ettore Sottsass

    Ivory Pedestal, 1985

    plastic laminate and chrystal
    50 x 100cm

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    Installation View

  • Sheep Spaces, Cae Clyd Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Installation View

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    Installation View

  • Flight (study)

    Oliver Osborne

    Flight (study), 2013

    oil and collage on paper
    28 × 21cm

  • Vase

    Travess Smalley

    Vase, 2013

    plastalina and glass, variable dimensions

  • Composition in Clay (Blue Black White) I

    Travess Smalley

    Composition in Clay (Blue Black White) I, 2013

    chromagenic print
    120.6 × 88.2 × 4.8cm

  • Spring Rain

    Camilla Løw

    Spring Rain, 2013

    oak frame, concrete variable
    90 × 90 × 21cm

  • Spring Rain

    Camilla Løw

    Spring Rain, 2013

    oak frame, concrete variable
    90 × 90 × 21cm

  • Sheep Spaces, Cae Clyd Blaenau Ffestiniog

    David Nash

    Sheep Spaces, Cae Clyd Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1981

    charcoal and pastel
    54 × 81cm

  • Snacks 15

    Jess Flood-Paddock

    Snacks 15, 2013

    jesmonite, acrylic paint, canvas
    35 × 20 × 20cm

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    Installation View

  • Aspettatori (B&W) Yellow I

    Tim Berresheim

    Aspettatori (B&W) Yellow I, 2013

    dyed fibre based black & white photo
    125 × 100cm

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