Through his mini epic films, video installations, sculpture and books, Alex Pearl creates a sense of an acceptance of failure or disappointment as important parts of the human condition. His sculpture is fragile, temporary and has the appearance of being on the verge of collapse or already broken. The work displays playfulness with its own limitations and a hopeless desire for greatness. Sarah Chilvers usually produces videos, paintings and drawings, and collects and displays found pieces of handwriting. For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn sees Sarah produce a short edition book fashioned from a collection of photocopied handwriting, found and collated over a ten year period. Twins Akiko and Masako Takada work collaboratively with sculptures, installation and videos, exploring the relationship between our existence and the space that we are surrounded by, creating miniature landscapes within common items whose scales are recognizable in our daily experience whilst preserving the size of the everyday objects. Rebecca Lennon combines video, performance, sound and installation in an ongoing process of montage, reconstruction, displacement, intervention and reinterpretation. Dealing primarily with the search for meaning and synchronicity via (seemingly) illogical or irrational means, Lennon uses readily available everyday materials in creating montage spaces and ritualistic constructions.
A short story is meant to contain five important elements: characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme, and these five elements are all represented in Hemingway’s text. In the case of the artists in this show the elements have become disjointed from each other, some have been lost or disguised and we are left to decipher what remains.