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Nine Reflective Editors

By Douglas Allsop

Abstract

Solo Exhibition. Each of my exhibitions is treated as a new ‘architectural’ work responding directly to, and transforming a particular space and each involves extensive, highly detailed research and planning. In this exhibition I responded to the environment by installing 9 Reflective Editor works. These were machine-tooled cast acrylic sheets, with a highly reflective black surface featuring a variation of grid-like apertures. Positioning within the space allowed each grouping to be read as a ‘series’ in its own right. This exhibition enabled me to develop themes of space, reflection, geometry and repetition that have occupied me consistently. I work from within the minimalist/formalist tradition but expand the concept of sculptural space through serialism and optics. Thus the space I research is simultaneously real and imaginary; visual but not always accessible. My Reflective works are both editors and objects: one looks through them (to the wall behind), but also at them as both a mirror and a grid and the viewer is encouraged to connect each work as a serial development of the grids themselves. The ‘machine aesthetic’ of each work is matched by technical rigour in their installation and by a mathematical integrity of grid ratios across each series. The unique challenge in Reutlingen was how to make the work effective in such a large space without succumbing to the temptation to ‘overfill’ the space

Topics: Fine Art, Visual Communication
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk:1190
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