Thu 18 Nov 7-9pm – OPENING of ALEX PEARL and ANNABEL DOVER @ CoExist Galleries
ALEX PEARL: ‘I was continuing to shrink, to become… what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world? So close – the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet – like the closing of a gigantic circle. I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. The universe, worlds beyond number, God’s silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment, I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of man’s own limited dimension. I had presumed upon nature. That existence begins and ends in man’s conception, not nature’s. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears melted away. And in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean…’
ANNABEL DOVER – ‘Whistlejacket’:
Alex Pearl and Annabel Dover are exhibiting together for the first time, two solo exhibitions completely intertwined, together but separate – like the personal lives of these two artists. To paraphrase Annabel, ‘[they] are two people who can be sitting next to each other engaged in [their] own private dreams, often living [their] lives from within [their]heads.’ Elements of domestic life spill into this exhibition and there is a curious confusion as to where the art and the personal crossover.
Annabel is currently undertaking a Fine Art PhD, researching people’s emotional attachment to objects. Her practice dances playfully between drawings, film, installation and painting, all of which appear to carry an element of longing and searching… Her practice is complex, it eludes definition and our attempts to pin it down seem almost futile. Perhaps instead we could try to relax into her childlike affair with objects and the world in general.
Here, Annabel’s work appears to have propagated itself around CoExist’s three galleries. For this exhibition glowing paintings of minerals have been made from a Readers Digest Atlas, a book which Annabel was forbidden the pleasure of gazing at as a child. A real tumbleweed has been purchased from Utah in a real act of frivolity, something Annabel excitedly imagined herself chasing down the street as the wind whipped it along – a projection in the small gallery gives us tiny glimpse of this act and a peek into other insights.
Alex Pearl was recently commissioned to make work for the 2010 Whitstable Biennale. Alex’s practice is steeped in a melancholic humour and what appears to be an unceasing search to fulfil an unknown potential. Alex looks at how humans are present in the world, the glitches and flaws. In the main gallery we see a film of a spaceman slowly rolling alone, dissapearing into the distance, who knows if it is to safety. Sat on the arm of the chair is a hard back book for the viewer to read, it is filled with diary excerpts, blog bits and letters to his mum. Blogging has become a big part of Alex’s practice, one of this month’s blogs speaks of his reply from an Arts Council application. A letter of rejection for his application of 1.8m, for‘Operation Pusscat’ to be renamed ‘Operation Kitty’ on a smaller budget. Follow the link to see why.
A limited edition publication will be produced to document the exhibition. Alex and Annabel will speak candidly about each other’s work. Also Alex’s hard back book is available to order, please ask for more details on how to obtain both these publications.
CoExist Galleries, TAP, North Rd, Southend, SS0 7AB - www.coexist.org.uk