13 November – 11 December
Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury
Displaying Fragments is not the title of this show, yet it could have been. I am borrowing it from a recent commemorative exhibition in Beijing in which the heading alluded to the impossibility of capturing any complete version of the past in the exhibition format. It seems to me that the combination of “displaying” and “fragments” is also a possible way of describing the inevitably incomplete visual dialogue happening at the Herbert Read Gallery between the sculptures and installations of Susan Fletcher and the paintings of Alain Urrutia.
Another way in which the borrowed title could have worked is by separating the two words. Indeed, both Fletcher and Urrutia are interested in displays, in how we show things and hide others. And they are also attracted towards fragments which are physically or temporarily disconnected from the whole. In their interchange, one artist seems to cover what the other is about to discover. There are devices to look through, and obstacles that deny complete pictures; bodily parts in red wax next to fragmented narrations in black and white. What is visible or invisible? How do we reconstruct the parts that are missing? And what is the relation of the (re)presented fragments to the whole? Every exhibition is a display of fragments or a fragmented display; this one too is the partial reconstruction of a past conversation.- Emma Braso, Curator
SUSAN FLETCHER IN DIALOGUE WITH ALAIN URRUTIA Opening reception: 12 November, 5-8pm