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Fiona MacDonald, Actaeon s Second Look, 2015, HD video, duration 5 minutes

Chapter s new show featuring Fiona MacDonald, Cathie Pilkington, Annie Whiles & Sean Ashton is a strange-shaped window looking out onto the lands of mysticism and myth and a place where the day-to-day recedes and allows the imagination to take over.

Thirteen Blackbirds Look at a Man shines a light on the shadows between the known and the unknown, and specifically the way knowledge is created and passed on, evolving as it takes hold in our collective conscience. The four artists in this group exhibition seek out meaning and resonance within these grey areas, and appeal to our sense of allegiance, willing us to believe in what they tell us.

We live in a complex world in which connectivity - once seen as a magical thing - can now be understood in rational ways. Yet there is always a surplus of inexplicable knowledge, the sense and idea of forms of connection and learning that cannot be explained rationally.

Mythology supplies an overflowing reservoir of potential elaboration on the mysterious nature of this knowledge. It is a place where allegorised and complicated series of events combine and collude to demystify the laws of nature and the universe, whilst remaining impervious to reason. It is a domain that embraces contradiction and caprice; and at times the cruelty and drama of the stories that unfold is breathtaking.

Cathie Pilkington, The Foundling, 2010. Jesmonite, paint, 50 x 30 x 25cm Cathie Pilkington, The Foundling, 2010. Jesmonite, paint, 50 x 30 x 25cm

Annie Whiles, One of the Gapers, (detail) 2015 Annie Whiles, One of the Gapers, (detail) 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona MacDonald, Cathie Pilkington, Annie Whiles and Sean Ashton all create their work within these realms with both instinct and humour. Their works pick at and celebrate ideas of visual mysticism and the sense of the neo-religious; and they more than a dally with the dark side. The characters and places that appear within the works may have been sourced from real life, Bible stories, Greek myths or German fairy tales; but all are forged and found within the appeal and structure of a narrative made sacred.

Preview: 10.07.15

Exhibition: 11.07.15 06.09.15

For more information on the exhibition and artists see chapter.org