Articles Archive for September 2010
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My first inclination is to say something humourous, to deflect attention from the thing itself. I donâ€™t want you to think itâ€™s a matter of life and death, to use an overused expression, because it isnâ€™t. Or if it does relate to life and death, then itâ€™s about the space in which living and dying are so close as to be almost indistinguishable.
Barbara Balfourâ€™s recent body of work haunted me in unusual ways since I began to contemplate its meaning for this essay. Memories of the era, of my own coming of age resurfaced and implicated themselves as part of the extended cognitive system I was drawing upon in order to consider these canny lithographs.
In their latest installation of cut-up of disfigured statuettes and accumulated objects of varying significance, Hadley+Maxwell have embraced the spirit of aphorism. Composed of fragments, interrupted surfaces and separations, the duo take up the timeless perplexities of human self-definition with whimsical experimentation.