In an effort to ripple the smooth surface of the quotidian, The Impossible Heap brings together a selection of artists who vehemently address complexities at play in systems of control. The exhibition features new work that revisits traditional mediums through experimental processes: painting, sculpture, drawing, assemblage, collage, performance, video, and a wide range of activities are reconsidered in new and imaginative ways.
The title of this exhibition is taken from a line in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. This one-act play elucidates the cyclical and absurd reality of human existence and borrows from the last moves of a chess game wherein the outcome becomes inevitable but the game is drawn out regardless of the last desperate countermoves. The artists in The Impossible Heap are interested in themes that run through the play. For example, inter-textuality can be seen in the paintings of Zavier Ellis, or the entropy in a closed system and psychological use of architectural spaces in Ewa Axelrad’s new works, Coda and Plague. As well, meaning through repetition and layering can be seen in the work of Lucas Price, Alex Daw, and Daniele Villa. These artists demonstrate a refusal for the continual sedation of life’s daily interval, aiming to rupture contingent structures by beginning again from the starting point, in order to revise and reimagine.