All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down

04/10/2014

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All Obstructing Walls Have

Been Broken Down

Amanda Beech

Opening Thursday 16 October, 7-9pm

Exhibition continues until 21 November 2014

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present ‘All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down’, the first solo presentation in Northern Ireland of the work of British-born, California-based artist Amanda Beech. The exhibition features a new suite of works on paper (2014) alongside the large-scale video installation, ‘Sanity Assassin’ (2010).

Together the works produce a certain narrative on the condition of reality and its architectures. ‘Sanity Assassin’ interrogates our obsession with reality, our desire to manifest our ideas of what reality really is, and the consequences of this desire, whilst Beech’s new works on paper respond to this folly in the proposition that we construct reality.

Taking the freeways, the retreats, and the housing tracts of Los Angeles as their primary reference, and traversing the landscape of alienated systems of life, both installations interrogate the hopes, possibilities and consequences of new forms of constructing life in lived space.

The works on paper operate through invented mobile insignias of power, employing graphic institutional propaganda derived from the sides of haulage lorries that consistently pound the concrete of US state-to-state economies. ‘Sanity Assassin’ mixes genres of noir, hip-hop rhetoric and science-fiction graphics in an assault on the senses. Whether spread across the paper as symbolic landscapes or revealed in time through the space of the video work, the works confront the annihilation of spatial borders, categories and paradigms. But these are not works that go nowhere or aim anywhere. Instead they deal out a form of force that has drive: a form of violence that operates with a specific set of rules.

*Artist Talk: Thursday 16 October, 1.15pm
Conor Lecture Theatre
Belfast School of Art

*Lecture by Maeve Connolly: Saturday 15 November, 2.00pm
‘Televisual Transport: Freeways, Museums and Model Homes’
Catalyst Arts
5 College Court, Belfast

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Amanda Beech is an artist and writer. Her work proposes a new realist politics of the artwork and its possibilities in the context of contingency and neo-rationalist conceptions of power. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Everything Has Led to this Moment’, xero, kline & coma, London, 2014, and ‘Final Machine’, Lanchester Gallery Projects, UK, and HaGamle Prestagard, Norway. She also presented work as part of ‘AGITATIONISM’, EVA International, Limerick, 2014, and was recently artist in residence at Fieldwork: Marfa 2014 (Texas). Beech holds a PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, and is currently Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, USA.

Image: ‘Sanity Assassin’ (2010), courtesy of the Artist

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