Jo Lankester, Michelle Hall & Robert Crispe, “Glide” – Pinnacles Gallery
Robert Crispe, Michelle Hall & Jo Lankester
Mixed Media Installation, Dimensions Variable, 2014
Edmund Burke wrote; the sublime and the beautiful are not the same thing. An experience does not have to be pleasant in order for it to illicit an emotional response or to cause the viewer to feel something.
Combining shapes, smells and sounds of birds and aircrafts used in war, Glide is a project which aims to be aesthetically sublime. Sublime in the way Burke thought of it; moving imagination, creating a sense of uncertainty, but still producing pleasure, while drawing to our attention the transfiguration of society as we react to the relentless trauma of war and endless natural catastrophe. Robert Crispe’s video art provides a beautiful yet apocalyptic sky for the drone-birds to glide in. Michelle Hall’s sculptures become the drone-birds flying in the chaos of the apocalypse. Jo Lankester’s prints create the rugged, worn texture of the gliders as they negotiate a terrain fraught with danger. Glide is the second collaborative project between the three Townsville-based artists. The choice to work collaboratively pushes boundaries and comfort zones within their individual practices, diversifying techniques and processes when working on obscure sub-straights. Sharing the experience of creation and presentation, acts to shield the individual artist from the normal anxieties of a creative practice and in turn facilitates innovation.
This exhibition was displayed at Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville between 7 February – 30 March 2014