Visual Deflections curators and artists Eleanor Lawler and Katherine Nolan are taking part in MART's An Instructional: A Touring Exhibition. The London leg kicks off on Thurs 25th - Sat 27th June at SHUNT lounge.
The effervescent Ciara Scanlan and Mathew Nevin curate a dazzling line-up of video, installation and performance art across Europe including UK, Norway, Slovak Republic and Ireland. Hop on board the tour bus!
Visual Deflections artist Katherine Nolan' solo exhibition Seducing the Machine:
The Link Gallery, Epsom Private View 19th March, 5.30 Exhibition runs from 20th March to 2nd April
Seducing the Machine is an exhibition of digital video and photographic work and marks the culmination of Nolan's doctoral research into narcissism, performance and contemporary feminist practice.
Nolan’s work is radical. She uses Narcissism as a critical tool, a way of fighting back. This may seem incongruous with much contemporary art but self love is fundamental to many an artist in their work. Of course, this is doubly the case for the female practitioner as Narcissism is commonly associated with women. Nolan employs this common conception and ‘flips’ it in her work, creating an exciting push and pull, between being in control and yet perhaps being vulnerable too. The artist turns a ‘trivial’ and ‘frivolous’ fixation with her own image into a critical weapon.
Over the course of the exhibition, Nolan addresses different modalities of feminine narcissism, playing with the autoerotic, self-reflexivity, vanity, masquerade, attention seeking hysteria and exhibitionism. A complex set of exchanges between the camera/viewer/self is also explored. Nolan’s original work unravels narcissism and twists its clichéd terms.
The Link Gallery, Epsom. University for the Creative Arts Ashley Road Epsom Surrey KT18 5BE Mon-Thurs 9am - 8pm. Fri 9am - 5.30pm. Sat 10am -5 pm Trains from Victoria and Waterloo to Epsom, take 35 mins. UCA is 5 min walk from Epsom station
Curated by practicing artists Eleanor Lawler and Katherine Nolan, Visual Deflections arose out of a desire to showcase the best of contemporary video and performance. The concept of the project resonates with the core concerns of their own work.
Lawler often employs the granular qualities of Super 8 and SVHS in her work, evoking the emotional profundity of the home as a readymade theatre or playground, which surfaces through the video as a cathartic game.
In Nolan’s ludicrously seductive performances, she uses the viewing apparatus as her plaything. Disrupting the conventional spaces of the performer, camera and viewer she playfully and provocatively manipulates the gendered gaze.