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Fragile Compositions

Cristal Johnson

Side Gallery
27 Oct 2017–18 Nov 2017
Opening 6.00pm 27 Oct 2017

The rigid shapes will contort and decompose; they will create arbitrary arrangements between states of transformation. They will begin as defined colour cubes and eventually melt into pools of combined colour, becoming indistinguishable from their initial position. The transitions will be slow and concentrated as the material and time unite in producing each stage.


Fragile Compositions seeks to question the ways we observe and engage with active materials. The installation examines the ways that changeable substances are regarded within contemporary practice in order to discuss how we perceive materiality that moves between contingent and defined outcomes.


The transformative element of the work questions strength, mobility and decomposition of contemporary art within transitional states of flux. The work aims to provide insight into impermanent materials in various states of change, therefore referencing the traditional assumption that sculptural practice is definitive or permanent. The impermanence of these instable structures alludes to the inevitability of passing phases and questions the importance of decaying art forms.

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