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"Shane Waltener: Music for Walls and Other Takes"
2004-06-09 until 2004-07-04
Shane Waltener will show two installations in the gallery, together with photographs and knitted webs. In the front room, the sound installation Music For Walls is an invitation to walk through the gallery looking at a repeated pattern on the walls while listening to a specially designed soundtrack. The effect will be to bring real and imagined spaces into the visitor’s mind as he/she moves through the architecture of the space. The light installation Turn Me On in the back room is a physical manifestation of movement and light. By using lo-fi lighting devices, words are projected onto the walls in perpetual rotation as if the meaning of these, the ‘writing on the wall’ as it were, was not fixed.
The recent series of photographs are pictorial renditions of movement, space and time as still images, and relate in this way to the two installations.
Take Me In is a knitted web spelling these very words. It compliments the light installation in the back room. The text refers to the object itself – the web as a trap. In this room the viewer risks simultaneous entanglement in a web of light and knotted words.
Lastly Gangster Doily is a web stretched against the window pane at the front of the gallery. Giving the impression of shattered glass, a disquieting trick is played on the viewer as he/she realises it is in fact the product of a traditional craft for making items of domestic decoration.
Shane Waltener (1966) lives and works in London(UK). He has recently exhibited ‘Chihuly Doily’, part of Craft Rocks, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In July he will staqe a performance at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Works by him are to be seen in London, Berlin and Cologne this Autumn.