Things That Go Bump In The Night
Curated by Clare Goodwin and Liz Murray
Featuring work by Edwina Ashton, Centre of Attention, Anders Clausen, Jay Cloth, Kirsten Glass, Paul Harper, Andrea Heller, Kent Henricksen, John Hughes, Michael James Jones, Lucy Pawlak, Loredana Sperini.
The works of this diverse international group collectively describe a world out of kilter. While some appear hewn from conflicting real and fantastical sensibilities others quietly leak the notion that something just isn’t quite right. The status quo is referenced through objects, drawings and films in ways that undermine the socially accepted truths on which our experiences are founded.
The poetic, morally ambiguous line of an ancient Scottish prayer, to which selected pieces relate, or have been made in response to, was essentially designed to invoke protection from all that we fear: whether tangible perils or existential concerns. Today, though, it signifies more than being pricked by the sharp end of terror. Layers of theological, folklore, literary, film and musical references take us from the socially repressive undertones of the litany to the uncanny nature of gothic horror; from the accidental humour of Hammer and into the innumerable forms of popcultural pastiche that re-package the sentiment as a means of cultural critique.