PATRICK MIFSUD: On Different Levels




Patrick Mifsud’s installation redefines the architecture of the Project Space. It offers an immersive experience, both obscuring the visitor’s range of vision and opening up new viewpoints as they descend the staircase from upper to lower floor and pass through the redrawn passages of the gallery. It entirely alters the viewer’s perception of the room and heightens their spatial awareness. The ambiguous opaque/transparent structure of the intervention is formed by fine lines of polyester sewing thread, a simple everyday material which serves to emphasise the transformative character of the work in contrast with the minimalist economy of its construction.

 

Two complementary series of works, one comprised of ink drawings, the other of photographic prints, present related facets of his current practice. He starts each of the ink drawings with an identical first line, although they evolve quite differently. Their progression is dependent on the thickness of the line, the colour of the ink (a different pen is selected for each individual drawing) and the variable freehand element. Titled Margin of Error, the drawings are also differentiated by a number that records the number of lines that make up the individual compositions.

 

The photographs are from an ongoing sequence titled Geometric Forms (Urban Series) and represent the temporary interventions that Mifsud makes in public spaces, in which he proposes extensions to a site, seeking to offer regular users of that thoroughfare – a tunnel, a bridge, a footpath – a new perspective on a familiar environment. A self-imposed rule is to use only pre-existing fixing points, such as a steel ring or lamp post, in order to enact his spatial drawings. The photographs present the formal characteristics of the interventions, in contrast to the taken-for-granted features of their sites and encourage speculation on how the impediment was physically negotiated or dismantled. Such redefinitions of space make us aware of how we are subconsciously influenced and directed by features of our immediate environment.

Duration 15 February 2012 - 17 March 2012
Times Tuesday to Friday 11.00 - 18.00 saturday 11.00 - 16.00 or by appointment.
Cost Free
Venue Marsden Woo Gallery
Address 17 - 18 great sutton street London EC1V 0DN, ,
Contact 020 7336 6396 / info@marsdenwoo.com / www.marsdenwoo.com/

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