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Katherine Lubar and Asaki Kan have brought together seven artists, whose interaction with shadows is structural. Inside the Shadow is an exhibition concerned with form – despite that beguiling word – shadow.
‘Inside’ is a concept that is only possible through form and space, so “inside the shadow” suggests a preoccupation with looking deeply at shadows, pondering the essence of their existence; an existence bound to our own. For the artists of Inside the Shadow, this isn’t a preoccupation with presence or appearance, but a penetrating search for the articulations which disrupt light and space, reconfiguring it. Much of the search made by these artists within their artworks, happens in close proximity to intimate interiors, personal landscapes and their everyday environment, even if those locations are only hinted at or given a cursory glance in the work. Time is also an important theme for many of these artists; shadow as a marker of time.
Shadows are intrinsic, inverting reality, turning time into space. They are a sensory experience of the passage of time. The relationship between object and shadow questions ‘touch,’ and the truth of the individual experience.
The composite paragraph above, made up of extracts from each artist’s statement, expresses the essence of Inside the Shadow: shadows are a play on the senses, an uncanny teller of time, a locater of space, form and dimension, which ultimately questions truth in the experience. Shadows are elusive, but as prevalent as the light that makes them.
Text by Jane Boyer