24 March – 12 May 2018
CCA is pleased to invite you to the opening of present cOmpany, an exhibition by Lauren Gault that consists of a newly commissioned sculptural installation and offsite works in the recessed spaces outside St. Columb’s Hall in Derry city centre.
present cOmpany includes sculptures that suggest corporeal structures and activities – such as howling, the exposed throat; internal air pressure; the taut stomach – and explore relationships and tensions that exist between objects and their surroundings.
The exhibition considers how materials and language are connected and how moments of ‘in-betweenness’, and the essence of terms like ‘freshness’ and ‘liveness’ can be captured and understood.
Lauren Gault is interested in investigating where an object physically and figuratively ends and another begins. Using evocative materials such as silicone rubber, blown glass, pumped air, stitched suede, bent metal, and agricultural milk powder that have been sculpted through casting, pouring, pressure, tension and release, she has generated moments of movement and stillness where objects can communicate and resonate with, or resist, one another.
present cOmpany at CCA comprises:
1. mild steel bent and drilled for musicality, high density compacted carved foam, stranger- blown glass, clear petroleum jelly, dolls house miniature cutlery, unglazed ceramic made from memory, gravity-cast silicone rubber, hay from home, Lamlac replacement milk powder, donated granulated Kilwaughter lime, bath water cast silicone rubber, machine flattened forks, solar powered aquatic air pump with hyperobject, rubber glass, miniature plastic cows misc, handbag frame, window and magnets.
2. sound (looped).
3. suede clothing offcuts (clothing worn elsewhere), lamb’s wool, Cool Mix sack, neon thread, handbag frames, mild steel bent and drilled for music, 18th century whaling gimbal lamp from whaling ship, disco light, slow expanding foam cast of inside of 18th century whaling gimbal lamp from whaling ship, disco light, slow expanding foam cast of inside of 18th century whaling gimbal lamp from whaling ship, clear petroleum jelly, glow in the dark eyeball, silica eaten strawberries 2015 and 2018, water cast silicone rubber, stranger-blown glass, hand-made metal spikes.
4. welded PVC, Derry City water, miniature plastic cows.
present cOmpany at St Columb’s Hall includes:
(left sunken recess): anti-slip ‘please stick’ mesh, solar powered aquatic air pump with hyperoject, carynx-esque mild steel, silicone covered fabric, perspex, vinyl print of opposite recess sculptures, welded PVC, Derry City water.
(right sunken recess) anti-slip ‘please- stick’ mesh, perspex, vinyl print of opposite recess sculptures, welded PVC, Derry City water, silicone-cast stone from building, teddy bear plastic mould (includes Originals sticker, found diamanté earring, found Japanese toy token, found holographic sequin, miniature cow armature), found burst balloon and holder, found gold-effect earring, Lamlac milk powder, found coffee lid, window vinyl with double reflection.