Objectivity Tropes


Objectivity Tropes / Objectivist Poetry / Presto Objectivity

three-channel video projection, HD, 12min loop,
Duratrans in lightbox 40 x 30cm & 60 x 40cm
presented at Hunter Gatherer (Group Show) 28 April - 6 August 2011
at PSL Project Space Leeds

‘Objectivity Tropes / Objectivist Poetry / Presto Objectivity’ (12 mins) shows the continual rearrangement of selected objects from the Artemis Collection and the artists own ephemera on highly saturated red, blue and yellow surfaces. Letters appear across the three videos, sometimes spelling, but often deconstructing, words and language. The work attempts to understand the poetics of things (words and objects) by employing systems of order with anarchic principles and the curation of meaning. These videos make visual references to children’s television programmes and images of museum displays from the 1970s. The anagrammed title includes reference to the Objectivist poets whose words appear in fragmented form throughout.

Hunter Gatherer invited nine artists from across the North of England to create new work in response to Artemis, a collection of over 10,000 objects relating to world cultures, fine and applied art, science, natural history, textiles and costume, social history, childhood and more. Based in Holbeck, Leeds, this collection forms an art loan service for Education Leeds to which the artists were given exclusive access. Artists responding to the Artemis Collection were Amelia Crouch, Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh, Dinu Li, Rhiannon Silver, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson, Lisa Stansbie and Nathan Walker.

"Here, contemporary artists respond to the collection of over 10,000 cultural objects housed by Leeds' educational resource Artemis. Typical of artistic types, they've tended to take the artefacts out of chronological or categorical context, to recontextualise them alongside other disorientated objects. Nathan Walker, for instance, makes videos of enigmatic still-lifes including such disconnected findings as a Bakelite darning mushroom and a second world war armband. He's also digitally sampled texts from the Artemis catalogues, then translated and re-translated them via Babelfish so they end up as a garbled cut-up. Meanwhile, Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh have set up miniature memorials to women's drudgery, made from old-fashioned washtubs, mangles and washboards"

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