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Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

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Albedo | Nigredo , the collaborative exhibit by Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery, takes an attentive sculptural approach to exploring the mystical way that everyday materials are transformed by artists’ creative processes and the unique environment of gallery space. The gallery creates a space that mimics an ancient alchemical laboratory, where the artists ask the audience to respond to physical experiments with no typical curatorial barriers, creating an impression that everyone is part of an ongoing process. Unlike traditional sculpture exhibitions, the pieces are not roped off, titled, or explained with individual descriptions. They are placed in a snaking pattern around the two-room space, and there is nothing to prevent guests from getting up close. In this way, the ambiguous materials that have been transformed by the artists can be inspected by the inch, and the audience has to mediate their own physical proximity to the pieces without authoritative suggestion. In all, this allows for a close inspection of the sculptures’ material and an awareness of the vulnerable, tactile quality of all works…

 

Read our review in the July 2016 edition of 15 Bytes.

Hannah McBeth studied art history, classics, and Mediterranean archaeology before getting a Master’s at Cambridge University. She enjoys writing, hiking, and traveling to far-off places. Follow her on Twitter @hannahmcbee.

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