Adam Cvijanovic, Arjan van Helmond, James Ireland, Grazia Toderi, John Wood & Paul Harrison.
Diptychs brings together works by five international artists to present a range of double or divided images, and explores how that division or repetition determines the viewer's perception of the image. It investigates the device of the diptych as a common formal strategy, which in each case produces a radically different effect. Works in the show include a new photo piece by Grazia Toderi, a recent two-channel video from Wood and Harrison, and a two-panel painting by Adam Cvijanovic.
In Rendez-Vous, Toderi's repetition and shift of perspective evokes a sense of movement and time within a single image. Filming events from separate viewpoints, Wood & Harrison's two-channel work Another Pair creates a division whereby the work becomes as much about the viewers' imagining of the space between the two screens as the visible unfolding of events. In Richie Tells Heather I Messed Up Cvijanovic employs the device of the diptych with no apparent effect on the image - the two parts abut precisely and the viewpoint is the same, but the separation causes a subtle shift in the way the image is read. Ireland's collage of an idealised mountain range is viewed through doubled planes of glass halved by tinted yellow and blue vinyl, evoking both sunrise and sunset, while van Helmond takes a Caspar David Friedrich Seascape as a starting point for pair of paintings that read across from one to the other and back again.