Image: Installation view (Sarah Dornner and Adam McEwen)
February – March, 2009
Artists: François Chastanet, Sarah Dornner, Douglas Gordon, Graham Gussin, Alan Johnston, Adam McEwen, Scott Myles, Gary Rough, Seán Shanahan, Tony Scherman, Fraser Stables, and Phoebe Unwin
This group exhibition presented work which related, in different ways, to the notion of mourning. Mourning can be thought of an activity which, through remembering attempts to provide a way to forget. Further, mourning does not only follow death, a sense of mourning haunts our everyday life and relationships. The exhibition saw the talismanic presence of art works as sympathetic to the objects used in mourning where a ritualization of emotion and the pervading presence of an absent person, is embodied in a diversity of signs and gestures. The exhibition develops ideas of this aspect of mourning as well as relating to that which has already gone.The work in the exhibition is at times literal but elsewhere a more lyrical association with mourning exists. In these times of ideological change mourning of the past exists as a constant presence.