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Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme

Alan Butler, Andrew Norman Wilson, Clawson & Ward, Eva Fàbregas, Jennifer Mehigan, Joey Holder, John Russell

13 January – 27 May 2017

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme

CCA’s exhibition Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone tours to Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre (14 January – 25 February 2017) and Ormston House, Limerick (24 March – 27 May 2017.

Originally presented at CCA Derry~Londonderry in Spring 2016, Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone (featuring artists Alan Butler, Clawson & Ward, Eva Fàbregas, Pakui Hardware, John Russell, Andrew Norman Wilson), also includes new works by Jennifer Mehigan (at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre) and Joey Holder (at Ormston House) commissioned for the touring venues.

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone is an exhibition that takes its title from a 1994 book by Belfast-based science fiction writer Ian McDonald. In the book, McDonald describes a young graphic design student, Ethan Ring, who is able to create images that bypass rational thought and control the mind of the viewer. The ability of Ethan Ring’s images to induce tears or ecstasy, to heal, and even to kill people, attracts the interests of governmental forces, who see the opportunities of harnessing this power for their own ends. As well as being a story of art’s capacities to change people’s emotional and physical behaviour, Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone is a story of the artist’s struggle to manage these responsibilities.

The exhibition of the same name is not a direct response to the narrative of this story, but, instead, stages a number of artworks that explore ideas of how our perceptual and physical behaviours are transfigured by objects, images, and new technologies. Included in the exhibition are works that reference the way that the physical actions of the body are anticipated by design, such as the animated character of self-assembly furniture in Eva Fàbregas’s video installation The role of unintended consequences (Sofa Compact). Also included in the exhibition are works that suggest the body in a ‘post-human’ state – the puppetry in Andrew Norman Wilson’s Reality Models; in John Russell’s large print Parallel Domination Facility; and in Pakui Hardware’s series of free-standing sculptural works that contain fleshy images of indeterminable organic or artificial matter, sourced from NASA’s archive. A violence upon the body is suggested in works by Clawson & Ward: their ‘branding iron’ sculpture and a print work, This ear says that the artist is not well schooled in anatomy… the ear screams and shouts against anatomy…, which shows an appropriated image of Joseph Stalin’s ear.

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone is presented at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, in a revised iteration that includes theseus warcraft virocannibal diabla(sterna) 333, a newly commissioned work by Jennifer Mehigan that compositions various scales of visual references including: the Drombeg stone circle, various bacteria found inside a human gut, the inside of a cow belly, and the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy virus (mad cow disease).

In Joey Holder’s new work The Evolution of the Spermalege at Ormston House, the artist presents a wallpaper print and 3D objects based on the genitalia and the ‘traumatic insemination’ practices of certain insects. In the visual re-scaling of this microscopic sex world, Holder’s work suggests a multi-species and symbiotic approach to sex and sexual bodies that goes beyond the privileges of the human. Throughout Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, the body exists in fragments and is subject to various regimes of control, appropriation and imposition.

The physical human body is also implicated and imposed by works in the exhibition that require visitors to navigate artworks that have their own autonomous movements (Eva Fàbregas’s floor-based works, Self-Organising System, and Alan Butler’s Orphan Transposition series of spinning laser-etched acrylic panels, featuring out-of-copyright images of Yosemite National Park, freely circulating online). These works not only suggest the unfixed and fluid status of our own physical and perceptual bodies, but they also raise questions about the control of artistic authorship, one of the key metaphors of Ian McDonald’s story.

A publication designed by Alex Synge / The First 47 accompanies the exhibition and is available to purchase in all participating venues and by contacting info@cca-derry-londonderry.org.

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Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
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Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme
Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone touring programme