Exhibition by Priscilla Beck

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To travel some distance with concrete: a short story
by Priscilla Beck

Opening: 6pm, Friday 27th July
Exhibition: 27 July – 11 August

‘To travel some distance with concrete: a short story’ is an experiment in expanded storytelling, written in between Hobart and Alice Springs. The work begins in Hobart as snow starts to fall on kunanyi/Mount Wellington. The artist collects it during walks on the mountain. In the studio, she casts plinths of concrete that reflect and absorb the sunlight in turn.

Something warm, something cold.

Something there, and something barely there.

The journey to Alice (with the concrete plinths and the melted snow in tow) operates as a kind of residency. Exploring ideas around the distance between places as a conceptual space to make work, the artist writes stories within this space using the snow and the concrete, and their inherent material qualities, to dictate how the story unfolds. Two opposing and simpatico materials, the way they react and interact with each other, with the journey and with the artist.

Snow falls on the mountain kunanyi, and travels with her to the centre. Left to evaporate in the gallery on concrete plinths. Once there, the written story and the materials complete the narrative.

The finished product is in flux, an experiment in expanded storytelling, the physical elements of the installation form as much of the story as the words written on the road.

A time-based installation, and a story about time passing.

Priscilla Beck creates subtle, object based installations that work with the inherent qualities of materials and space to dictate how they will be manifest. Making associations between things and things, between materials and space, between ideas and objects, her works are self-referential to the point of nonexistence, yet each retains the potential to act as allegories on the nature of things.

Through their relationship to process and material, the absence of overt didacticism, and their apparent rejection of a cohesive medium, the works incidentally critique the space they occupy in the art world. There is an innate self-consciousness in each work that speaks to the problems of being human, and of being a human making art.

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