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Things fall apart

Julie Shiels

Front Gallery
6 Sep 2013–28 Sep 2013
Opening 12.00am 1 Jan 1970

Twenty-five kilograms of dry plaster powder is given form when it is packed into the empty space in a clear plastic package that once held a consumer item.

The package is used as a mould to distribute serial forms across an expansive platform made from a handyman’s pegboard. The mould and the material are the same in each case, yet no one form is identical to another.

During this exhibition the same sack of plaster will be transformed three times. Each week the powdery castes will be swept up and reformed into a new set of relationships and patterns. However despite these efforts by the artist to influence the relationship between objects, the crumbling forms will assert their own agency and affect each other ‘even when humans are not watching’.[1]

This is an experiment with certainty and instability, order and unpredictability, of control and letting go and challenges our anthropocentric version of the world.

[1] Graham Harman “Autonomous objects” New Formations No. 71, pp. 125-130 (2011)

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