CRUX is an exhibition of new works by emerging artists Dmitri Galitzine, R.M Phoenix and James Trimmer. From Adam Curtis’ documentaries and the poems of John Keats to modern farming techniques and Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’, each work has emerged through conversation and an exchange of ideas, images and texts between artists and curators. This process has resulted in an exploration of ideas of knowledge and truth as expressed through sculpture, painting and print making.
CRUX is the Latinate name of the Southern Cross, a constellation of stars charted by the ancient Greeks and used as a navigational aid to locate the South. Due to the changing axial tilt of the planet, this constellation sank beneath the horizon gradually to be lost from Western knowledge. The constellation reappeared in the thirteenth century when Portuguese sailors voyaged into new waters to explore Africa.
The artwork featured in CRUX thus reflects upon our ability to perceive what is before us as true or stable. The artists investigate the instability of visual meaning when the viewer is given access to different levels of knowledge or exposed to different materials. Through the manipulation of materials and subject matter which flip and contort the viewers perceptions, these works call into question our ability to trust what we see and ask if we able to exist comfortably in a state of unknowing?
Each artist is rapidly establishing themselves both in the UK and internationally, as such this exhibition marks an exciting opportunity to view new work by burgeoning artistic talents.