Margaret Dawson’s work this year has had a science-fiction feel, and the figure is no longer foregrounded. Yet there are connections to be made with her previous work, especially the use of everyday non-precious materials to create striking and playful effects. In She had an uncanny feeling she was repeating herself (High Street Project, 30 July – 11 Aug 08), the artist was able to construct something quite otherworldly with cans salvaged from suburban recycling bins.......
December 02 - 20, 2008
....... In her current exhibition Tinsel at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Dawson continues to explore the possibilities of this theme, presenting large format photographs of various can-based installation works, and canned footage on DVD.
In the work entitled Flux, the action is situated in a 1940s-ish-looking space. Cascading tubular forms descend from a lofty-studded interior. Tubes have been formed by the running of a wire through varying numbers of cans. This connecting substance has been installed so that the cans conspire to form groping steel tentacles. This installation was made in collaboration with sculptor the late John
Dean, and according to Dawson, was intended to reference "the body as
interior". Amalgam, Heavy Metal and Tinct offer further viewpoints of these lustrous, robotic-like appendages, drama and atmosphere effectively created by simple variations of lighting.
With thanks to Lesley Knight for the use of extracts from her essay Tinsel and otherworldly work by Margaret Dawson, 2008
List of Works
All works are LED C-type prints in editions of 3, from 2008.
Margaret Dawson would like to acknowledge: the late John Dean,
Shaun Waugh, Anna Harvey, Nick Johnston, HSP & Lesley Knight,
Richard Pascoe, Anu Webster, and Jonathan Smart.