An exhibition to experience the installation of space, light and objects.
‘Perpendicular’ is the title of the first site-specific exhibition to be held at ARTHOUSE1. It is also the name of the artist duo, Kim Norton and Alexandra (Sasha) Mazur-Knyazeva. The two artists met at Central St Martins and have been working in collaboration since 2011. They see themselves and their work as twin axes, radiating from a point where two lines meet, their work sharing a common origin or concept that allows them the freedom to branch out and express their own individuality.
The installation will combine a series of working ideas they have been developing for some time, with their response to the light and space of the gallery. The work will exploit their primary interest in transparency and the casting of shadows and the way in which light changes the perspective of an object and transforms our perception of it. The physical space of the gallery and the movement of the viewers around and through it, will be an integral part of the work.
Kim Norton is fascinated by weight, density and the physicality of clay. Materiality is explored and pushed to its absolute breaking point by surrendering control over to the process. The actions of hollowing out, carving, cutting and creating small pockets of space entice the viewer to look into and through a series of cracks, crevices and containment, creating altered views of perception in scale.
Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva explores illusion and transformation through the presence of light. Light becomes a tool creating intangible spaces that can only be experienced visually. These spaces have an intrinsic dynamic and undergo a series of changes with the passage of time. A subtle state of change of being and therefore total uniqueness of presence are the inception for her art works, which vary from small objects to large-scale installations.
Kim and Alexandra have been working collaboratively since 2011, a friendship formed during their MA in design and ceramics at Central St. Martins. This partnership strongly emphasises the human senses and the emotional response or experience that arises from exploring spaces and different environments. Kim was selected for the Crafts Council Hothouse 3 programme in 2013, completed a research residency within Spode for the British Ceramics Biennial 2013, and recently exhibited at Siobhan Davies Dance in London. Alexandra has exhibited nationally and internationally in London, Milan and New York.