This exhibition is comprised of four artists working within four different thematical approaches to the contemporary field of sculpture. Contextualizing ‘Ba Ham’- a Persian (Farsi) word meaning ‘with each other’, we have created a portmanteau; ‘Baham(ia)’ meaning togetherness.
The essence of this title reflects upon eradicating current social, cultural and political divisions. Art confronts and creates a dialog between cultures and differences, highlighting positive attributes in the discourse of unexpected socio-political changes.
Shine Robert Christensen’s objects and installations convey narratives that reflect back to nature, the natural fantastic, amalgamation of the man-made, taxonomy, informal museology, materiality, and collated relationships implied in the use of natural and synthetic materials. These objects are in transformation in regards to time, stages of processes and the possibilities of space. In a literal sense, they represent places to physically be in, spaces for our own body. Fundamental to Shine’s sculptures is a tension between nature and artifice, questioning the place between art and nature. He particularly creates a conversation with nature and accentuates our relationship with the natural world.
Melissa Deans’s practice responds to an enquiry into the relationship between perception and the physical experiences of the body through space, time and reality. Through the use of everyday objects, together with the effect of doubling or mirror image, the viewer is confronted with sensory illusions, whilst experiencing the possibilities of alternative realities. These multiple forms represent the time and space that we cannot perceive, equally extending into the past and the future. This re-appropriation of everyday objects sets the work in the gap between familiarity and abstraction, bringing the viewer closer to the un-experienced.
As an Iranian artist, Mahsaneh Poosti potrays the journey of a veiling and unveiling woman. Contextualizing ideas of the homeland and nostalgia, Poosti explores the gender dynamics of migration in relation to the various societies. She attempts to reach beyond her biography and takes the viewer to an imaginary place where cultural history/references co-exist. She strives to create a dialogue between the ‘Home’ and the ‘Host’.
Utilising delicate, abstracted forms and a soft colour palette, Katie Rose Johnston creates intimate installations that subtly reference living space; sitting at an intersection between familiarity and hypothetical dioramas. Katie Rose aims to create installations which are sensitive to the architecture in which they sit, through colour and negative space; integrating the formal living space with the formal exhibition setting.
New Glasgow Society, 31st March 6-9pm and 1st-2nd April 11-4pm