PREVIEW: Strange Relations by Carys Reilly and Simon Le Boggit
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About The Event
Fabrica and Outside In present Strange Relations by artists Simon Le Boggit and Carys Reilly. For Fabrica’s autumn exhibition we’ll be exploring extremity and diversity, and invite audiences to experience work of an extremely large scale and that at a tiny intimate size. This juxtaposition of the artists’ works will offer visitors a playful ‘sizeshifting’ experience – at first loomed over by one work and then towering over the other. In this highly anticipated exhibition, the artworks position the visitor as the ‘norm’ in the room. Playing with the norms of human scale, looking beyond the norms of human experience and questioning the cultural norms in current exhibition making.
Carys Reilly’s series includes psychologically charged sculptures, though tiny, they powerfully convey bodily intimacy and interiority. In contrast, Simon Le Boggit’s expansive video installation, Even Giants Have to Bend, fills Fabrica's 10 metre high ceiling with the movement and sound of huge trees in a strong wind, immersing the viewers below it.
The artists were selected via an open call disseminated to the pool of around 3000 artists registered with Outside In, a national charity that aims to provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. The panel of selectors who chose the artists included: Marc Steene – Founder and Director of Outside In, Liz Whitehead – Founder and Director of Fabrica, Artist and Curator, Jeff McMillan and Cathy Lomax, Artist and director of Transition Gallery, London.
Strange Relations attempts to interrogate ‘norms’ within the contemporary art world and society, through exhibition making - a subject that both Outside In and Fabrica have each explored for some time. This focus set the parameters for the selection of the artists’ works which are two extremely different immersive encounters.