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OPENING RECEPTION: Thurs, June 22, 7 – 9 pm
June 22 – July 24, 2017
HOURS: Tues – Sat, 11 – 5 PM
In the first of two consecutive summer group exhibitions, WAAP presents works that shift between moments of cohesion and dissolution, which offer a semblance of control over the uncontrollable. Vanessa Brown’s sculpture, Ivans, represents opposing tensions of a representation of liquid flow and material solidity, demonstrating an aesthetic sensibility that is restrained, precise and minimal.
An interest in flow, pooling of liquid and containment resonates throughout Ebony Rose’s beautiful, sparse watercolours that explore the medium’s fluid boundaries; similarly, in Niall McClelland’s Stains, which are leaked inkjet ink spilled on Japanese handmade paper – are they paintings? – the space in-between forms is as much the subject of the work as the blobs of the spill itself. Of similar taxonomy to these works, though loaded with personal meaning, is Christopher Lacroix’s photographs that document his durational performance, liquid improvisation snap-frozen into permanence.
In his new body of constructed sets of image works, Nicolas Sassoon has created a digital drawing of a storm; an insistent compositional order underpins his composition. Evann Siebens’ Flood photographs feature the ruined soundtrack of a life affected by a risen, flooded river and what this means for our families and ourselves. Maegan Hill-Carroll’s intriguing photograph captures a scene of pure joy, a naked brown orange body lying smiling and splashing around on wet tile upon which a bucket of water has been poured. Meanwhile, Katie Lyle’s new pictures are little scenes of fetal human shapes that suggest they are drowning amid an environment representing viscous fluid, light or air. Similarly, Alex Gibson has painted enigmatic figures that seem to have secrets to spill.