Pause ll Play
Bargainstudio, St Leonards
PauseIIplay makes exceptionally rewarding viewing, by deftly questioning what we lose touch with when we become more coupled to images, social networks and machines than we are to our own bodies and grounded sense of self.
This vibrant show addresses these questions with its notion of pause to play. Before we can find the space of play, we have to pause, then engage without any preconceived hierarchy of worth, value or form.
These pieces explore tactility, touch, movement, imaginative invention with an incredibly fluid and skillful use of materials and space. Pieces emerge from spontaneous interaction, locating to where connection and communication become dynamic and authentic, all the way to referencing the politics of objects and materiality itself. (Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter was an influence they tell me).
Leonie Sinden’s sensitive work set on on a London demolition site, investigates the ‘cataloguing of space like a scientist’. She speaks of how her son collects objects as mementos of places, how playfully he engages with them and what joy it brings him, and how this has caused her to be thoughtful about her need to find a grounded space of security for him., and to the taking of ownership and the experience of being denied entry to certain types of physical spaces, like ‘your own house’.
Ella Porter suggests we are incessantly consuming polished images with eyes and fingertips only and losing our ability to be genuinely and spontaneously present with our whole bodies. Her ipad and laptop proportioned work shows hands with only bright red fingertips. She makes wonderfully inventive installations too, with objects cast and reassembled away from their previous logic of functionality.
Molly Line shows fabulous small constructions of random household materials made during a bedridden time. She speaks about the physical and emotional relief she experienced at being able to continue to work creatively within limits, of the needto discharge her energy to feel satisfied. Her self portraits are witty and poignant too.
Amelia Lockwood’s colourful floaty prints emerge from her tracking of lived sensations, of the bodily experience of digestion. She layers the presences of organs, interior spaces and sensations together to make abstract forms that confront each other in the shared space. I cannot recommend this show highly enough, it explores important contemporary themes with great intelligence and enthusiasm.
Runs until June 5th at Bargainstudio, Kings Rd. St Leonards