25 Sep - 26 Oct, 2015
No Show Space is pleased to present Breather, a solo exhibition by Matt Calderwood centring around two new video works.
In Breather there is a sense of pressure and release, concealing and revealing the agency at play. The artist is clearly responsible for the scenario and construction but you are aware that there are other forces involved. The experience is compelling as a phenomenon but also as something to unravel.
Calderwood often uses industrial materials which are usually employed in construction or manufacturing. For Breather the unleashed forces of nature combined with an elastic membrane work together to create an autonomous, unreal and unknown presence.
In the systems that Calderwood brings into play there is a persistent dialogue between the sculptural form and action. In the actions there is an inevitability, you vaguely know the outcome as they dictate their own trajectories, but you still really want to see what happens. In other sculptural works and works on paper he re-uses motifs such as the interlocking chevrons with the inherent geometric logic determining their combinations and balances.
Calderwood often re-purposes and waits, setting up processes, invoking forces of nature, returning to similar observations from a different angle, prodding to see what happens. Many of his sculptures and video works are precarious, sometimes involving the dramatic failure of materials, sometimes the tension is more psychological but always with an element of mischief.
Matt Calderwood (b. 1975 Northern Ireland) studied Fine Art at University of Sunderland (1994-97). He currently lives and works in London and County Antrim, N.Ireland. Recent solo exhibitions include: Interrupted Projections, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (2014); Exposure, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea (2014); Paper Over the Cracks, Baltic 39, Newcastle (2013); Concrete, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2012); Full-Scale, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2011) and Stamp, Galerija Simulaker, Novo Mesto, Slovenia (2011).
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England