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GEM // DARK OBJECT HYPERFINANCED INTO SCUM, SCUM, OBVIOUSLY, IN ITS OWN WAY, A CENTRE

 

Examining words can be hard. They are so inextricably imbued with meaning that the words themselves as objects are helplessly coloured by implication. Each work in this exhibition has been crafted such that when taken either individually or in concert, they create an environment of nearly pure meaninglessness, allowing the language itself to finally become the subject of investigation. What is it hiding? How does it feel? What colour is it? These questions, heretofore merely hypothetical, fanciful even, now can be answered with resounding certainty. The natural truth of the universe. Brittle, in a humorous way. Dark brown.

 

Gem: I love you language

[language effloresces and disappears immediately]

Gem: [emboldened now, swinging from monkey bars] I’m gonna getcha

[language boundlessly occupies time and space in a way that could be perceived as mocking]

Gem: [wrapping their arms around a cello and squeezing it until it splinters apart] Thanks for nothing

[language jumps down the throat of every living thing and occupies the space defining “hunger”]

Gem: [Lying on the floor, aching, unable to move] I’ve made too many mistakes in my life and now I’m a stupid mouthpiece for absolutely nothing

[language both responds and doesn’t respond, has always been a response and is constantly responding]

Gem: [panicking, scribbling on a window] This is all I have left now

[clouds part, language slumps helplessly on the floor]

Gem: [apocryphally] I was always out to destroy you, anyway

 

We each in our minds possess a network of language, associating every word we know with countless memories and experiences that shade our understanding of its meaning. As such, these spaces of hypothetical meaninglessness may not map perfectly to your personal linguistic framework, and you may find traces of sub-conceptual meaning in the exhibition, leading to feelings of embarrassment, cringe, revelation, and/or deep empathy towards the artist. In these events, remind yourself that this is what you came here for until stable.

OUTPOST Studios

Gildengate House

NR3 1AX

Private view Thursday April 21st 18:00-22:00 [Facebook event]

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