WHY DO WE CLING TO EACH OTHER?
Group show by Meital Covo, Brigit Connolly, Jack Tan
10am to 6pm, 4 – 14 Mar 09
Hockney Gallery 2009
Royal College of Art
This exhibition triangulates the practices of moving image, sculpture and writing to consider the nature of our human engagement and connection. The works reflect on places between desire and withdrawal, outrage and memory, loss and transformation.
Jack Tan Prayer
B: Somewhat like an incubus, words describing the extent, depth and detail of injustice and injury are absorbed, soaked up, stored, held, meditated and mediated within the framework of an artistic imagination.
M: For Jack, words are a natural tool for visual creation. He uses them to pull abstract thoughts down to earth, with the hope for it, in turn – to transform. The site of his work is an unseen line between the verbal level, and physical one.
Meital Covo Between hunger and appetite
J: The location of the person disappears into the body, as the body disappears into material that produces material that is consumed by the person. This circular movement pervades the film at all levels: in the narrative, in symbol and in structure. We are caught up in a spiral of sensual attraction and repulsion.
B: The deceptive simplicity of this complex work evokes a fundamental human tension – a line is crossed and the act is depicted – the dynamic contained within the need to eat and the need to be eaten is embodied, made flesh.
Brigit Connolly Give and take
M: Brigit turns the inside out – she illuminates forgotten sites, one of which is kindness. This site-specific work, positioned on the floor, almost in the way of the many passers by, calls for a slowing down. The piled objects evoke a dual act of both drinking from, and melting into them.
J: This mound of cupped hands mark a node, a joint, between different conditions of human experience. They are a sinew, connecting disregard to remembrance, abject to longing, grief to itself. Do these hands reach out or hide away? They ask us what we leave behind when we see them.