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Lewis, C., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2018.

Brass Art: that-which-is-not

Output Type:Exhibition
Venue:Bury Sculpture Centre
Dates:17/2/2018
Number of Works:7

Brass Art placed a miniature C19th bone and ivory model pagoda at the heart of their exhibition that-which-is-not at Bury Sculpture Centre, as they revisited sites of significance in their collaborative practice. The pagoda, a souvenir replica of a long-destroyed original tower in China, was unearthed by Brass Art in Bury Museum stores in 2000. The artists revisit this artefact as the centerpiece of a rotating, immersive shadow play, Still Life No.2, in which the artists' 3D printed bodies are brought to life.
In the delicate neon piece to Suspend the Breath No.2 glass lungs flashed blood-red to the rhythm of exhaling and inhaling breath, re-made following their destruction in a catastrophic fire. In three new works, Felt (after Cowper,) Kissing Pinks and Clasp, the suspension of breath is made palpable using blown, coloured glass held in 3D-printed hands, replicas of the artists' own. Extending the importance of gesture and rhythm in these temporal works, Brass Art created an animated blue-argon 'drawing', Click (after Hogarth) based on Hogarth's 'A Harlot's Progress'. The willful but silent 'click' commands attention as counterpoint to the contrasting rhythms in the exhibited works.
A new, invisible vinyl text From the tower falls the shadow (2018) appeared intermittently as the light from the shadow play and neon pulses traveled its surface. The text mirrors the title of the original neon artwork Brass Art created for the Irwell Sculpture Trail which celebrated it's 25th Anniversary in 2018.