Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Maze - commissioned text by Willow Lloyd

The Maze

“Our language can be seen as an ancient city”, Wittgenstein wrote, “a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.”

I find this metaphor, that of an ancient city, the best for approaching this exhibition. This is an exhibition in which one finds no logical center, no essential theme.

But between the works displayed there is what Wittgenstein would have called a ‘family resemblance’.

There are a diverse array of points that link together each of the works with one another. A myriad of different paths can be traced along this matrix. The wayfarer in this exhibition is liberated to walk about, to wander in an exploratory fashion.

The exhibition can thus be thought of like language itself.

Let yourself anarchically play with space, steps, distance, duration, angle and speed as you manoeuvre the exhibition like the operator of a steadicam. Annotate your movements with the productive force of your imagination, merging and linking the pieces on display in your own idiosyncratic manner.

Your journey begins now.

Willow Lloyd,

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