Reid Gallery: 18 – 30 April 2015 with live performances on 22-25, 29 and 30 April
Image: Catherine Street, Sway & Muscle, work-in-progress, !!WAKAKA!
The latest exhibition in the Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art focuses on the work of Edinburgh-based artist, Catherine Street. A body of new work which lies between an exhibition and a slowly unfolding piece of theatre, Muscle Theory will run from 18– 30 April 2015 and will include a number of performance by the artist featuring a custom-made garment by fashion designer and Zephyr Liddell.
“Catherine Street's work consists of layers of experience,” says GSA Exhibitions Director Jenny Brownrigg. “She often incorporates her own body into an installation setting that has video, audio, drawn, sculptural, and written elements.
In Muscle Theory sounds and images gradually reveal their connections and antagonisms. Precisely spoken voice recordings, softly flickering projections and live performances will be configured to create an atmosphere of intense reverie that is occasionally interrupted by moments of vulnerability, salaciousness, confusion or cynicism.”
Image: Catherine Street, Continuum, 2012, video still.
The atmosphere of Street’s work is usually unnerving, tense, sensual and comical. Intense breathing sounds give the viewer the feeling of moving inside the lungs, the body's cavities - whilst her writings often describe a desire to break apart the flesh and return it to its constituent elements.
Street focuses on her body because of its multitudinous natures; on the one hand simply matter subject to physical laws, and on the other a potentially limitless field of meanings: social, political, sexual, spiritual. She pays particular attention to themes of transformation and to the relationship between matter, thought, emotion and sensation.
Performances: 'Breathing then speaking'
Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April
in the gallery from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
The artist's voice is slow and meditative as she uses various mental operations in this durational performance combining live and recorded spoken word. The looped imaginings, calculations and speculations mingle with intense breathing and whistling sounds as well as field recordings made in the streets surrounding GSA. The performance is conceived as part of the installation, audience members are encouraged to come and go as they please.
The development of this work has been supported by an artist's bursary from Creative Scotland, and will feature work first initiated on residencies at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden; Hospitalfield, Arbroath and CCA, Glasgow and with project !!WAKAKA! in Edinburgh.
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Note for Editors
Catherine Street is an artist based in Edinburgh. She has made work for performance festivals and exhibitions around the world including in Prague, Bergen, Berlin, Wellington and New York. She collaborates widely, maintaining long-standing collaborations with poet JL Williams and with composer and performance-maker Greg Sinclair. Her most recent work was a commission created for the exhibition project Human Race – Inside the History of Sports Medicine which toured around Scotland. She has contributed to a number of publications, most recently the Modern Edinburgh Film School anthology Queer Information.
For more information visit: http://catherinestreet.net