Exhibiting at MMU’s Holden Gallery, creation/destruction engages spectators to understand the title theme as a cycle which variously affects living organisms and humanly – structured components alike.
As an individual spectator, my curiosity was mostly drawn to Anya Gallaccio’s work. She is behind what is arguably the standout piece of creation/destruction, Preserve (Chateau). The piece signifies the core of this exhibition as one hundred gerberas, a flower which symbolises beauty and innocence, will slowly decay throughout creation/destruction’s tenure at Holden Gallery. Repeated viewings of the piece will actively portray the beauty of nature’s creation destroyed by human elements. A similar sensation can be found with Untitled (Black candles) and Untitled (White candles). Again Gallaccio has applied an exhibit piece which will continuously remain active. It seems to open interpretation for its connection with creation/destruction, does it represent the destructive longing ignited for a lost love? It’s all for spectators to decide and enhance their participation, emphasising the physicality and mentality creation/destruction can causes.
Rut Blees Luxemburg’s photography requires deep concentration. It’s best to let your mind’s eye absorb his work. With his piece The Pattern of the Plans, a section of a structured material is focused upon. Letting your mind’s eye wander into The Pattern of the Plans makes you imagine its history, what has been its purpose and why has it been left to erode. More provocative for the mind’s eye by Luxemburg was O, a female eye covered with an advertisement for a prostitute’s services. The provocation with O is how sex, the act which creates life can equally be destructive when used as a commodity which leaves bleak images as to the deterioration of the prostitute’s sense of self. The simplicity of this piece evoking such reactions speaks volumes revealing the power behind Luxemburg’s artistic intentions with the creation/destruction theme.
Activating the mind’s eye continued with short features was Mark Lewis’ study of derelict buildings. In Isosceles an isolated corner containing a desolate building is viewed, its worn exterior abandoned by time as modernisation consumes the surrounding area. Isosceles excels on the building’s character making one wonder of the liveliness it had before becoming forlorn. North Circular contains the same meaning with more intensity. Staying static for a prolonged period studying the remains of an assumingly once prominent building before a slow descent upwards to a group of kids messing around with no consideration for what was a structure built on ambitions of yesteryear. Maybe North Circular is a poignant reminder of how all things must come to an end not matter how harsh it seems.
Contemplating such matters brings to conclusion the themes of creation/destruction as an exhibition. Every piece conveys how creation/destruction is connected to ourselves and society both physically and psychologically, it is an eternal cycle which will forever be universal.
creation/destruction continues at The Holden Gallery till May 23rd – http://www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk/