FOLD Gallery is pleased to announce the first in their new programme of solo shows. Broken up by conventional group shows and individual solo shows, FOLD intends to punctuate the year with a series of two-person solo shows. These will consist of two separate solo shows that will run simultaneously, presenting two separate bodies of work within the same space. However, there will be no major physical divide within the gallery to set them apart.
The shows will not be coordinated with a view to creating any curatorial links – any association noticed between the two distinct bodies of work will not be contrived. As the programme continues, we may find that the two separate bodies of work present the viewer with a sometimes disparate relationship. At other times there may be distinct commonalities to be found. Unintentionally, themes, aesthetics and theories, may cross over and interact – creating ties between the bodies of work from within the separate shows.
The intention is to present the viewer with a unique opportunity to form their own conclusions regarding the relationships between the separate bodies of work. The hope is that the gallery, rather than intervening, is acting as a catalyst for these events to unfold.
Sophie Michael presents a two part 16mm film installation. The film documents nine-year-old Astrid colouring in a strip of clear 16mm film on a light box. Employed as an agent for drawing, her choices and actions determine the colour, pattern and duration of the hand-made film, which appears as a ‘live feed’ on the opposite screen. The artist is briefly pulled into the film when Astrid asks the camera for confirmation; “Red?” The bright palette of the film set is imported into the gallery, and the projector plinths are modeled on classroom furniture. Faced away from each other as if in an exam, the two screens cannot be viewed at once. The sequence becomes a memory game that recalls 1940s abstract painted film and 1970s educational materials.