Elizabeth Price “Sunlight” at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present ‘SUNLIGHT’, Elizabeth Price’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery since winning the 2012 Turner Prize and the inaugural show in the gallery’s new space.
A two-screen video work, SUNLIGHT(2013) occupies the main gallery space and forms the first part of a trilogy of new video works by the artist.
The film has been constructed using thousands of glass-plate slides of the Sun, created between 1875 and 1945, which Price discovered during her on-going residency at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Produced systematically, these are some of the earliest technical images of the Sun and are photographed in ‘K’ light, a light of high temperature. Through this process the volatile surface of the Sun is revealed, a revelation that was used as a means of monitoring the impact of sunspots on the predominately magnetic technology of the period.
These historic images are animated to create a continuous, evolving Sun, which is present throughout the course of the work. This stream of sunlight illuminates a terrain, unfolding across the two projections, in which a concise selection of motifs derived from packaging and branding are presented. Each image is intended to provide an element or prop for a drama.
The systematic labours involved in creating the video, as well as its reversals and re- iterations, are continued in Gallery 2 in a range of deadpan transcriptions and erasures. Two 1:1 scale paintings of fabric designs taken from a silk scarf and a hospital gown are exhibited alongside a series of drawings featuring logos and illustrations extracted from a single local newspaper.
‘SUNLIGHT’ has been created as a result of Price’s residency with Dr Hugh Mortimer, Space Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory initiated by Alice Sharp curator of Invisible Dust and supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
until 28 December 2013
Elizabeth Price, “Sunlight” installation view at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2013
Courtesy: the artist; MOT International; Focal Point Gallery.