‘(eleph)ANT’, a new bookwork by Gen Harrison (typochondriacs) and Graham Cook’s ‘N 40.769418 W 73.973436’ have both been selected for the exhibition Size Matters, part of Fringe Arts Bath, 24th May – 9th June.
Size Matters is at FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, BA1 5BG.
Does size matter? As artworks get ever more gigantic in vying for attention, size, it seems, does impress. But is an enormous erection any more than a cheap thrill? Size Matters aims to draw you in rather than shout at you from across the street. With artworks that measure 5cm squared or cubed, you are invited to look closer, quieter and perhaps for longer.
Fittingly for the scale, many of the artworks in the show deal with ideas, experiences or thoughts that are intimate and relatable. These might be personal, introspective or merely whimsical. Some artworks celebrate the small, giving attention to the overlooked. Others deal with much bigger issues, where the scale simultaneously relates to the individual whilst seeming fit to burst with the frustration of being contained.
Each piece is the voice of an artist and the common scale aims to democratise those voices. The juxtapositions between voices create new dialogues, much as conversations can lead to new understandings. The viewer is invited to imagine narratives or conversations between the pieces as part of the dialogue. Size Matters is the trigger for a bigger conversation.
Size Matters is arranged loosely into six themes: Human Matters, Sound Matters, Art Matters, Location Matters, Memory Matters, and Earth Matters. These are aimed to support a conversation, not to dictate it.
Human Matters investigates our bodies, desires and anxieties, our gut reactions and our sense of humour. Sound Matters visualises poetry and music, mumbling and shouting. Art Matters questions the quasi-religious reverence often bestowed on the artwork. Location Matters presents works in dialogue with a specific place. Memory Matters reveals traces of past presences and allusions of the intangible. Earth Matters investigates the minutiae and grandness of the natural world.
Curated by Mark Fearbunce.