‘Lion Eating Poet In The Stone Den’ explores the way in which we understand and perceive objects in relation to ideas.
The exhibition examines the systems that inform the way in which we interpret the significance of objects. Taking its title from the homophonic Chinese poem Shi Shì shí shi shi, the exhibition is underpinned by an examination of perception in relation to actuality. From the role that culture plays in framing our understanding of artworks and artefacts to the influence that technology bears on how value is assigned, the artists not only question how meaning is constructed, but also consider how it can shift over the course of an object’s existence.
The exhibition will present four artists whose works adopts form in order to express the slippery nature of meaning. Where form struggles to materialise, and when it does it wriggles away from interpretation.
Lion Eating Poet In The Stone Den
Andre de Jong
The Missing Chapter
Drawing from a pool of artists who are directors and founders of the galleries showing at Sluice_2015, The Missing Chapter aims to highlight the use of space, play and alternative ways of looking that Sluice_ promotes.
The Missing Chapter is built upon a Sluice_reading group response to Fairland: Explorations, Insights and Outlooks on the Future of Art Fairs edited by Francesco Garutti. Fairland: The Missing Chapter
Earlier this year Sluice__ in partnership with Theodore:Art and Centotto created exchanges between 30+ international galleries and 20+ galleries in Bushwick, New York. How each exchange manifested differed vastly, now the dust has settled we will be exploring the legacy of the event by collecting different perspectives by inviting participants to feed back feedback.
Feedback occurs when outputs of a system are "fed back" as inputs as part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms a circuit or loop. The system can then be said to "feed back" into itself. "Simple causal reasoning about a feedback system is difficult because the first system influences the second and second system influences the first, leading to a circular argument. This makes reasoning based upon cause and effect tricky, and it is necessary to analyze the system as a whole."  Wikipedia
Now, in London, Sluice__ are collecting text and images from all the galleries, artists, speakers, visitors and interested to produce a working document in response to the expo. Any thoughts, critical observations or documentation is welcomed. Material can be submitted directly to our temporary hub in The Hospital Club Gallery (via email@example.com subject: xrates) and in a live publishing event a publication will coalesce over the three day event.
The event will be streamed live on the Sluice__ homepage.
Are You Having Fun?
Pitt Projects, Metamatrix ArtLab and Sluice__ projects have teamed up to present the
collaborative Are You Having Fun? An exhibition consisting of artists, curators,
writers and art historians, whose practices span media and disciplines but whose
work in each case - through conceptual, historical and organisational contexts -
conceptually and materially explores the 'idea' and its mediation.
Are You Having Fun? is a study in the transmutable nature of meaning in relation to context and form. From explorations of form to communicate the idea, to explorations of the idea to communicate the form - language, culture and the transmission of meaning and value in relation to place and location are central to each.
In Are You Having Fun? a thread is drawn between the artwork, its meaning, its mediation and its context, thereby drawing out the connections between the work, the artist, the gallery and the expo as all part of the same creative act. As such Are You Having Fun? is intended as an invitation to examine the nature of the creative act and what it means within the context of Bushwick, Brooklyn.