INFINITE BEGINNINGS: TIM LEWIS, JULIAN PERRY, EMMA STIBBON

31 March - 21 April 2011

Including works by:
Tim Lewis, Julian Perry, Emma Stibbon

Metamorphosis and the experience of time are the subjects uniting the three contemporary artists in Austin / Desmond’s major spring exhibition Infinite Beginnings
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Tim Lewis, Julian Perry and Emma Stibbon each create work that explores changes of state and the passage of time.  Time - as one of the work’s dimensions (in Tim Lewis’s kinetic sculptures); as a subject in its own right (in the paintings of Julian Perry); or as the unseen hand that shapes the landscape (in the graphic and printed works by Emma Stibbon).  The exhibition will present a dialogue between three creative responses to the temporal.

The exhibition’s title is inspired by the Scottish Geologist James Hutton (1726-1797) who rejected the biblical flood as the origin of all rocks, in favour of an on-going process of generation: Infinite Beginnings.   In nature the passage of time is often perceived of in terms of decay, however, the changes of state brought about over time can equally be perceived of as a series of new beginnings.

 Art can twist, examine, even reverse the normal experience of time.  In the creative process, time becomes a component to be manipulated and observed from many angles.  A painting is the product of many hours of activity yet becomes fixed in time at the moment of completion, whereas a piece of music or time based media only exists within the time parameters specified by the artist.  An awareness of art’s ability to address and play with concepts of time unites the three artists across their different disciplines.

TIM LEWIS (b.1961)
Lewis’s kinetic sculptures raise questions about the boundaries between nature and fabrication by endowing objects with properties that they do not naturally possess. Chairs walk, birds nest in shoes and man-animal-machine hybrids are brought to life - leaving nature to the constructed and vice versa. Through this combining of mechanical objects and sculpture, he is able to experiment within his own bespoke time frame, using his own doubts and perceptions of the world as a guide.  Download full CV

JULIAN PERRY (b.1960)
Perry’s coastal erosion paintings combine multiple time periods into one image (much as some early Renaissance paintings include narrative scenes before and after the main dramatic event). By this selective take on both chronology and visual “reality” he highlights what extraordinary events are taking place in the landscape.  Download full CV


EMMA STIBBON (b.1962)
Landscape is a central preoccupation in Emma Stibbon's practice. Her work is focused on how our surroundings are shaped by the forces of nature and the impact of human enterprise, and on how the apparently monumental can be so fragile.  Drawing is key to her work, whether that is using the autographic mark or mediated through print. Her work reflects on the relationship between landscape and memory, often suggesting the elusiveness of the subject in the material fabric of the work.  [Emma Stibbon courtesy of upstairs berlinDownload full CV

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