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Eyes As Sieves — Global Committee

Laura Jane Cooper

Eyes As Sieves
3 November - 21 November
Jenna Bliss / Lea Cetera / Kate Clark Laura Cooper / Hermione Spriggs & Curtis Tamm / Shen Xin

To translate is to filter, to sieve one substance through another. This act is inevitably transformative, altering…


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Eyes As Sieves
3 November - 21 November
Jenna Bliss / Lea Cetera / Kate Clark Laura Cooper / Hermione Spriggs & Curtis Tamm / Shen Xin

To translate is to filter, to sieve one substance through another. This act is inevitably transformative, altering and displacing the original, producing unforeseeable consequences, and opening up a space of understanding and transformation.

All of the artworks in Eyes as Sieves share an impulse to translate: between materiality, and forms, between ways of seeing and forms of knowing, between histories and cultures, between visceral experiences, artistic representations and disconnected spaces.

Overlaying a hallucinatory dreamspace onto a real-life one; mapping a set of commercial domestic paint colors onto a herd of Mongolian horses; returning a fragment of rock to its place of origin 250 million years later; tracing the contours and energies of an uncontrollable, eruptive landscape on camera; observing your father as he documents and commodifies a disappearing culture: all of these works perform acts of translation, bringing their subjects and gestures to into productive, suggestive contact. As they do so, they come up against the limits of their chosen forms, which often (compellingly) fail to fully capture and convey the objects of their attention.

On the margins lurk questions: which discourses or forms dominate others? What gets lost, tamed, mistranslated? And equally, what gets revealed, unearthed, generated?

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