THE DOOR IN THE WALL
11 - 28 November 2015
Curated by Lucie McIntosh + Verity Hayward
Opening Night | Thursday 12 November 6-8pm
Michael Armstrong, Eleanor Louise Butt, Madé Spencer Castle, Maya Chakraborty, Jessica Curry, Lauren Dunn, Leslie Eastman, Adriane Hayward, Amanda Hensby, Charles O’Loughlin, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Kenny Pittock, Kiron Robinson, Caleb Shea, Kenneth Suico, Andrew Tetzlaff, David Thomas, Gabriel Tongue, Si Ma Va + Peter Westwood
Art practice bears the responsibility to conceive of innumerable realities; to reconcile the tension between actuality and imagination. At once, art practicioners are utopians, futurists, visionaries, radicals and progressives. They navigate and mediate between the rational and the more fantastical elements of experience, and explore the relationship between ideation and action.
Drawn from H.G Wells short story of the same title, The Door in the Wall posits arts’ function as the go-between, the interruption between reality and imagination. It is that which opens, sits in between, but also provides a way in. Wells questions the conflicts between reality and the imagination, and the difficulty of choosing between them. Artistic practice occupies precisely these grounds, navigating its way through both territories without pledging allegiances to either.
This exhibition examines the agency of the maker, and asks whether one’s art practice can occupy space that is is both directive and undefined, separating what is here and now to what might be somewhere else.