Simon Preston is pleased to present Mary Kelly, Christian Capurro and Klaus Mosettig together in a group exhibition that opens to the public on Saturday, November 7 and runs until Monday, January 4 2010.
The works in the exhibition, although varying dramatically in content and approach, each reveal a specific liminality, a state characterized by ambiguity and transition. The subject in each is left only as residue, either in the form of compressed lint, projected particles of dust or through erasure. Collectively the different processes involved are distinguished by their excessive durations of time and labor, rich in content, while remaining visually spare.
Mary Kelly's series of works, collectively titled Mea Culpa, and first shown at Postmasters Gallery in 1999, are produced by drying thousands of pounds of laundry. Vinyl lettering is attached to the lint screen, reproducing a text as intaglio script in the compressed lint. The artist has based her texts on media accounts of documented military atrocities in Cambodia, Sarajevo, South Africa and, in this case, Beirut, Lebanon. Each finished work is presented as contiguous panels of texts, evoking musical stanzas, and requiring the viewer to walk its length to read the text in its entirety.