After a hectic Christmas it’s quite nice to get back to the relative stillness of prints and drawings! I’m currently researching the ‘shadows’ exhibition due ton September 2011. There are some fantastic images from the Whitworth’s collection and my initial list for the show totalled around 120 works. I’ve now managed to whittle this down to around 60. The display will also incorporate some historic photography, museum artefacts and book illustrations from other collections and will represent the often subconscious presence of hidden narrative, symbols and emotions inspired by the presence of shadow.I’m also curating a contemporary show which will run alongside the display. ‘Wonders in the Dark’ (working title – other suggestions welcome!) will explore how art shares with technology the ability to give form to our hidden imaginings and fantasies. In contrast to ‘pure’ shadow’ the exhibition will bring together contemporary works which engage and re-interpret shadow through digital intervention – leaving us with false impressions, fantasy worlds and ethereal visions.
Updates on this to follow. Any thoughts on the subject are always welcome.