Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Rip Hue" Opening night performance and collaboration at Lowrise Projects

Rip Hue, will consist of a large wall painting in vibrant colour, but the work will be invisible when the exhibition initially opens. The performative element of the work will take place at the opening on Friday 27th April from 6-8pm, where viewers will be ‘forced’ to participate in the unveiling process in order to reveal the painted work.

Abstract in form, referencing painters as diverse as Bridget Riley and Jackson Pollock, the installation is about the action of painting and the collaboration required to realise an artwork. The work will have a strong optical element, as the geometric shapes with divergent vanishing points create an unsettling and unexpected experience of dimensionality.

Performative and collaborative experiences have been evident in Airs’ recent works. These have included devising masking tape environments that get stuck and self destruct as people try to travel through them; and walkways made unpassable with strung up cotton threads, that are then cut and are inadvertently animated by passers-by. In Rip Hue the performative element will be more deliberately articulated, as without it the work remains visually inaccessible.

Melanie Flynn
Lowrise Projects curator

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