c3 opens its last show for 2011 on Wednesday the 23rd of November from 6-8pm
Show runs from 23rd November - 11th December
LETTERS FROM THE ORIENT
Master Kong (aka Confucius) said "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance". Forget Orientalism, this is Tropicalspasmo – Letters from the Orient, a print installation depicting the complete rejection of post-colonial discourse in favour of Pina Colada Dysmorphia.
SIMON MACEWAN - JON BUTT
JOANNE MOTT - ANITA FOARD
CARLY BOJADZISKI - WTOA
People say that real books are on the way out.
While this may or may not be the case, it is impossible to replace the physicality, or the sentimentality we place upon, a beautifully bound hardcover or a dog-eared coffee stained classic. The act of keeping a special book implies a relationship with the object that goes beyond the ideas contained within and becomes associated with the concept of fetish.
Our ancestors, the neanderthals, hunted only what they needed to survive and made productive use of what remained. With bone, skin, sinew and plant materials, they created objects of both practical and symbolic worth. This logic seems entirely alien to our contemporary existence, as the sheer abundance of human waste now threatens to eradicate us altogether.
Kevina-Jo Smith’s work emerges from her almost obsessive collection and reuse of waste materials. Plastic bags, string, leather, rope, ribbon, seeds, shells, sticks, grass and plants are knitted, woven, knotted and braided into totems for a new age. Her craftsmanship transforms familiar debris into vivid textural objects that nurture and protect: woven cloaks, fishing nets and sheltering structures.
Through processes of gentrification and modernization the centers of Polish towns and cities are becoming increasingly homogenous and not easily identifiable when compared with their western European counterparts.
As the new face of progressive and modern Poland spreads outward from these centers the city fringes and outer urban areas await the redevelopment that has been slow to arrive.
This work acts as a personal record of my time in the suburbs of Warsaw, Szczecin and Gdansk during the winter of 2011.
These photographs document the banal urban beauty found at the fringes of Polish cities whilst also examining the subtle evidence of encroaching redevelopment and urban renewal.