Securing the Shadow
Exhibition Dates: November 8 - 29, 2013
Opening with the Artist:
Friday, November 8
The series Securing the Shadows evolved out of a conversation with a writer, Lloyd Jones about a poem he had written reflecting on the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Jones proposed to exhibiting artist Anne Noble a project in which images of the letterpress would cause reflection on the subject of the poem and the nature of the work itself as artefact.
Noble's work has always had a charge. At times the potency in the work is its quiet, poetic or even void, and in other works we see another side entirely of the artist. Imagery has also been saturated in color and possesses a sensual vibe. While considering the work for Securing the Shadows Noble began by reading accounts of survivors and attached to one in particular in which the survivor described the intensity of the atomic flash as something that …'drained the shadows from the world.' Something in this verbiage connected to to another discovery by Noble- that of nuclear shadows: photographs of the mark made on hard surfaces from where a body or object had been before the blast that in incineration left its ghost image.
This shadow of form translated in the work to printed words as the shadow of memory. These ghostly images hum with energy and absence, they whisper just within audibility; we find ourselves listening for stories in the wind.
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