Interrogating the synchronicity between photography and sculpture Justin Gainan and Emma Hunt acknowledge the overlap and tension between the observation of objects and the objects themselves. By considering the differences between the indexical capacity of photography and the experiential tendency of sculpture, Gainan and Hunt explore the qualities, nuances and trajectory of their mediums through the viewpoint of the other. The merging of these opposing perceptual and subsequently conceptual approaches result in a de-territorialisation leading the viewer in new and critical conceptual directions.
It's In There Somewhere creates a dialectical tension between the work of the two artists amongst contemporaneous modes of artistic production. Using her photography-based practice, Emma Hunt provokes the referential qualities of photography with a new body of work on reproduction and the process of making copies. Implementing cumbersome physical materials, Justin Gainan's sculptural work articulates performative and unsolicited motivations through constructing concreteness. Each practice draws attention to a visual duality where 'things' become the material for both conceptual content and construction in the physical space.
Emma Hunt is a British artist currently working in London as a studio resident at V22. She received a Masters in Fine Art Practice from Goldsmiths in 2009. Her recent exhibitions include 'what goes around comes around' - a site specific billboard installation for Deptford X 2011; Looking for the Photography - a group exhibition at the Minories Gallery, Colchester; 'horizon [HORIZONS],' a photographic installation at the Hayward Gallery's Concrete Space, and 'soSHOW!,'- a curatorial project in a disused Edwardian shop in Covent Garden featuring the work of ten emerging artists.
Justin Gainan is an American artist from Corpus Christi, Texas. He recieved his BFA in 2004 from the Kansas City Art Institute and received his Masters in Fine Art Practice from Goldsmiths in 2009. Solo exhibitions for Gainan include The Lynne Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri 2004 and Dolphin 2007 also in Kansas City. Selected group exhibitions include Form Content in London, Dan Graham in Los Angeles, as well as The David Roberts Art Foundation London, UK.
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