Looking Forwards and Backwards
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin (NZ)
Looking Forwards and Backwards playfully tests collaborative ways of looking and listening in exhibition making and practice. Working together in friendship depends on practicing the spaces between ideas, ways of seeing, and feeling. A collaborator's motivations and ideas, no matter how well communicated, are always slightly hazy. Instead of being able to look straight on at thoughts [everything right ahead, everything in perspective], thoughts are caught in peripheral visions—glimpses of meaning come to the fore only every now and then. The interplay of ideas and experiences explored in this exhibition are drawn from a series of parallel letters between the artists. These letters generated the thinking and making of the exhibition. In the gallery, 'Looking Forwards and Backwards' opens up this text as a field of potentiality for the viewer where subjectivities are made and remade.
Images by Grace Ryder