Can one ‘hold on’ to a territory amidst the onslaught of rapid, indeterminate and exhausting change? What is this sensation of being located at the edge, periphery or border of perpetual disturbance and what happens if we let go? The artworks in this exhibition seek to explore the material and sensory thresholds of ‘holding on’: they grasp, retain and sustain amidst that which is fleeting, thawing and falling. Collectively, they form topographies of longing and an attempt to take hold.
About the Artists
Marek Ranis is a visual artist with an extensive record of international shows, grants and residencies. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. (www.marekranis.com)
Josh Smith is a Portland, USA based artist interested in producing work that creates dialogue between contemporary craft and ideals of modernist visual culture. Along with being a practicing artist he is also co- director of Tilt Export, Portland, USA. (www.jjfab.com)
Mansoor Ali is a sculptor based in Vadodra, India. He produces work that engages with questions of faith and violence in India.
Hamilton, Southern and St Amand working as Satellite Bureau, are artists based in Canada and the UK. They use global satellite navigation devices to trace movement in local environments, producing installations that discuss the impact of analogue versus digital communication systems rendered into physical experience. (www.satellitebureau.net)
Stuart Keeler is a performance artist and sculptor who engages with the public sphere. He also organizes exhibitions and multi-platform projects in the collaborative role of “curator” and identifies this as an aspect of his artistic practice. (www.stuartkeeler.com)
About the Curators
Avantika Bawa is an artist living in between the USA and New Delhi, India. She is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA. Her work is represented by Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta, USA) and Gallery Maskara (Mumbai, India).
Celina Jeffery is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory and the Chair of the Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is the co-editor of ‘Global and Local Art Histories’ (2007) and has curated more than fifteen international exhibitions of contemporary art.
The curators are co-editors of ‘Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture’. (www.drainmag.com)