2 Rooms at Unit H, The Market Studios
Jessica Conway, Deirdre Glenfield, Cally Higgins, Julianne Knowles and Joanne Reid explore the concept of grouping and its adjacent synonyms; categorising, archiving, arranging, mapping, clustering... This thematic exhibition came about through discussions concerning group identity and collaboration, while also fulfilling a thread of interests closely tied to the individual concerns of the artists' practices.
A flatscreen monitor shows a hand repeatedly but idiosyncratically tapping to the same five beats in Jessica Conway’s rhythmic audio-visual piece FingerTap. Deirdre Glenfield's Member States; a five-screen video-composition examines identity and individualism. Each monitor contains vertical coloured bands dancing in and out at a mesmeric pace - where each screen is representative of a family member.Through presentation of an archive of personal effects that have been deliberately destroyed or discarded, Cally Higgins' wall drawing Seriously... who do I think I am? questions the self, how it is authored, and how it is presented to and perceived by others. Julianne Knowles' The Story of Steady comprises an imagined genealogy concerned with the limitations inherent in the historical record. The public are invited to select an individual - a piece that they would like to acquire temporarily. Joanne Reid's Outpost; an assemblage of found wood and a shiny porcelain knob, stands in isolation in the centre of the first room. Scatter; a work comprised of punched bicycle wheel inner tubes is found dispersed along the skirting of the inside wall. Reid's objects, often tinged with humour and sexual innuendo, hint at deeper physical and psychological issues.