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Slow life

Stevens, G.; (2003) Slow life. [Exhibition]. Matt’s Gallery, London. 05 - 17 March 2003.

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Abstract

For his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, Gary Stevens will present a five-screen video installation with sound. Slow Life has developed from Stevens’ live performance work, in particular from the performance/ installation And, where ordinary action is repeated and fragmented. In Slow Life, momentary encounters between the performers are extended and held to become intimate exchanges. The unbroken, real-time shots of domestic scenes explore innocuous, seemingly insignificant events. Everyday incidents are played very slowly. The consciousness of each performer escapes the intention of their slow action. As the nuances change in the slowly shifting picture, the subtle inference of relationships and situations is constantly modified. There is an acute awareness of being alive, of horror and of wonder. Elements within the picture – a fire, running water – are reminders that time has not slowed down. Unlike a fixed image that arrests and holds onto a moment, here moments inexorably slip by. The performers’ sense of awkwardness and isolation alerts the viewer to the imperfect stillness. Sounds from the video images invade the space to create an uneasy sense of instability. The movement produces inadvertent and painful noises of creaking, cracking floorboards and furniture in the performers attempt to be silent.

Type:Exhibition
Title:Slow life
Event:Solo exhibition
Location:Matt’s Gallery, London
Dates:05 - 17 March 2003
Publisher version:http://www.mattsgallery.org/artists/stevens/exhibition-1.php
Language:English
Additional information:Also shown at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Visual Arts Program, Australia, October, 2003; In Tales of the City, British Council exhibition for ArteFiera, Bologna, Italy, January 2004; Helsinki Photography Festival, 'to be continued.../jatkuu...', Helsinki, Finland, Oct-Nov. 2005; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge Nov-Jan 2005-6; Southampton City Art Gallery, Feb-April 2006 and is in their permanent collection.
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Slade School of Fine Art

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