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UPCOMING EXHIBITION    /    WAITING FOR THE SUGAR TO MELT

ALEX WITHEY AND CAMERON BLACK    /    28|02|14  -  29|03|14

 

WAITING FOR THE SUGAR TO MELT IS A COMING-TOGETHER OF TWO WORKS; BLACK’S THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS AND WITHEY’S NOTHING/NOTHING. THE COLLABORATION HAS ARISEN THROUGH CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THE PAIR THAT REVEALED NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS, AND THESE CONVERSATIONS HAVE MOVED THE WORKS INTO A BOOK. UNITED BY THEMES OF DURATION AND ABSTRACTION, WAITING FOR THE SUGAR TO MELT IS TIED FIRST AND FOREMOST TO THE VIEWER’S EXPERIENCE, IT HAS GROWN OUT OF DISCUSSIONS ON PHILOSOPHER HENRI BERGSON’S WRITING ON PURE DURATION (A FLUID EXPERIENCE OF TIME SEPARATE FROM THE SEGMENTED SCIENTIFIC TIME OF EVERYDAY LIFE).

THE PROJECT SITS ON THE LINE BETWEEN STILL AND MOVING IMAGERY, AS A BOOK WORK IT IS A RECORD OF STILL IMAGES WHICH ARE PUSHED INTO MOVEMENT; IN CAMERON BLACK’S PIECE THIS IS THROUGH SLIDE PROJECTION AND A DISSOLVE MACHINE FADING ONE SLIDE UPON ANOTHER. BY TAKING STATIC ABSTRACT IMAGERY AS A STARTING POINT ALEX WITHEY PRODUCES MOVEMENT AS THE OUTCOME OF A REPEATED PHYSICAL PROCESS. AS A CONTINUATION OF THIS, THE EXHIBITION WILL SHOW BOTH STILLS AND PROJECTION FROM THE PROJECT ALONGSIDE THE BOOK, ALLOWING THE VIEWER TO EXPLORE THE PROJECT IN THEIR OWN WAY.