|Rhys Coren, Smile/Drop the base soundscape, 2013|
All of the works in this show hold a sense of the continuous. Loops populate the gallery space, they are seen in film and paint, in sound and action, but in each instance, just before the loop becomes an exercise in futility, everything is transformed and filled with a sense of obsessive enjoyment. Paintings are worked over again and again and references are made to the heroic and to simple everyday endeavours.
The Green House (Printed pamphlet 2013) by Laura Reeves tells the story of the Cravens. Mr Craven is a keen, perhaps obsessive, amateur photographer and Mrs Craven is passionate about her greenhouse. Mrs Craven comments: 'As a gardener you look forward to events that are yet to happen but as a photographer you are always looking back at the past.' These are their own domestic loops.
|Laura Reeves, The Greenhouse, 2013|
|Zanne Andrea, He raises his telescope to the stars and delivers himself to the rock, 2013|
Anton Goldenstein's Harry & Harlow is a simple yet affecting video work. A toy monkey is in motion on screen. The use of a child's toy provides a reminder of the unstoppable inevitability of growing up. The relentless mechanical movements of the monkey are beyond the capabilities of its body. It will fall apart and yet continue the gesture. A furless monkey sat astride it is at the same time a younger (looking) and older version of itself. The relentlessness of the video, tending towards aspiration rather than hopeless repetition, encapsulates the character exhibition.
|Anton Goldenstein, Harry & Harlow, 2013|
Zanne Andrea, Darren Banks, Nicholas Carrick, Rhys Coren, Martyn Cross, Gordon Dalton, Lloyd Durling, Tracey Eastham, Thomas Goddard, Anton Goldenstein, S Mark Gubb, Pat Flynn, Neal Jones, Brendan Lancaster, Marion Piper, Yelena Popova, Laura Reeves, Anthony Shapland, Ian Watson. Curated by Mermaid & Monster
19July - 17 August 2013
Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal at Aid & Abet , Cambridge CB1