8. juni - 25. juni 2017
Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh
THROUGH THE GABBLING GATEWAY
The hands are scrabbling
The earth is turning
The tide is rising
Constantly forging onwards; seeking
The Sun, casting its glorious rays; disappearing
Under the Pier, a creature lives; decaying
At the end of the Land; the Sea
There is an inside and an outside, a dark interior and a light exterior. Under the skin, much is fluid. This is where the unconscious is at work, digesting and processing and merging and separating matter.
The hands and the voice, perhaps, are the messengers - carrying information back and forth between the channels of the conscious and unconscious. This is a difficult business, for the conscious is prone to intercept and presuppose the contents of the unconscious, without allowing it to develop into its own language and form.
This collaboration approaches the concept of portals: from the making of to the meaning of, the sensate to the imagined, and travel through time and space. It began with research into the connections between sculpture in landscape and ancient monuments, and the ritualistic functions of these. The exhibition at Gallery BOA is an installation of objects, structural intervention, audio and video, which represents the act of searching for a gateway between worlds: the passage between interior and exterior.
Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh have been producing works together since 2013,
a collaboration which began as an investigation into how making artwork and writing can mutually influence one another in the understanding of meaning, development of form and structure. They work with collage – of images, sound, in text, and through producing multi-media installation. Their aim is to explore how text and practical work affect the development of each other, and how the more reflective nature of the research process is interwoven with the driving force of art making. They are concerned with the action and origin of the creative drive.
Clare received MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s in 2011, and Marsh MA Visual Art from Bergen School of Art in 2011. They have produced collaborative work for the following organisations: Sofia Underground, 2017; Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2016; Metal Southend, 2016; Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen 2016; Assembly House Leeds, 2015; Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 2015; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2015; ASC Gallery, London, 2014; Deuxpiece/Büro für Problem, Basel, 2014; and Apis Press, Bergen, 2013.