The Physics Room presents 'Perseverance'



Perseverance: Lee Campbell, Alexander Costello, Sonia Bruce' Curated by: Lee Campbell

The Physics Room presents 'Perseverance', an exhibition that showcases the work of three London artists: Lee Campbell, Sonia Bruce and Alexander Costello. Each of the artists transform a fragment of everyday reality through their work, taking banality and the mundane as their starting point.

Curator Lee Campbell says, 'the exhibition, hopes to make viewers think about how far an artist can push notions of wit and irony in the commercial world we live in, whilst retaining a sense of personal involvement which is often discarded due to an increasingly depersonalised society'.

'Perseverance' will be exhibited at the Physics Room from the 8th to the 31st of July 2004. The three artists will discuss their respective installation works on Thursday 8th July at 12.30pm at the Physics Room (2nd floor, cnr of Tuam and High Streets).

Artist & curator Lee Campbell uses supermarket stickers as a device to visualise the psychological effects of mass consumerism. By covering entire areas of landscape and vast collections of second-hand junk with millions of stickers (all supplied courtesy of local supermarkets), Campbell creates a beautiful yet sinister spectacle where commodities are on one level stripped of their idiosyncratic detail yet are reinvented with a new uniform giving them a unique identity. (Lee Campbell will also be showing a work entitled 'Chinese Burns' in The Kiosk public art site July 10th - August 5th)

Sonia Bruce's intricate installations engage the viewer due to their sheer manic obsessiveness. Through Sonia's addiction to life's forgotten "has been" products, her work acquires a more gentle tone, but on closer inspection a darker side to her supposedly casual world is revealed. With a penchant for grids and data bases, Sonia Bruce applies a minimalist aesthetic to her large scale installations assembled from everyday materials.

Alexander Costello works with a wide range of materials, approaches and techniques both as a solo artist and in his numerous collaborative projects. For the Physics Room Costello will produce a series of large-scale site-specific paintings concerning themes such as linguistic ambiguity, escape, and the brusque contingencies of everyday life. Borrowing his imagery from Italian comic books, the artist will add to each of these vignettes personal text work. Bluntly tautological or plainly idiotic, these appended snatches of language critically disrupt the visual images' "obvious" meanings, reframing them whilst being themselves affected by the highly stylised pictures over which they are placed. The resulting juxtapositions of text and image generate a complicated play of linguistic and visual signs, a volatile interchange which is by turns puzzling, interrogative, comical and melancholic.

Exhibition runs July 8th - July 31st, with an opening preview on Wednesday July 7th (opening as part of the Art Attack! Christchurch city galleries event) Gallery Hours: 10am - 5pm Tues - Friday; 10am - 3pm Saturday Level 2 / 209 Tuam Street (cnr High and Tuam) For more information please contact: Zoë Roland (03) 379 5583 /

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The Physics Room

22 Jun 2004

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