- June 1 – September 9, 2017
- Gallery 4
Featuring Marcus Haydock
British artist Marcus Haydock was born in London, grew up in Sheffield and now lives and works in Brighton. His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, the Latvian State Museum, Riga, and Photofusion, London. In July 2016 Marcus published the photobook Insurrection. Marcus attempts to explore the human condition and our relationship to images from a psychological perspective.
Insurrection is a narrative of lived, felt and seen moments. In its rejection of explicit themes, the work challenges any attempt to pin down meaning but at the same time it is entirely concerned with the meaning of images and how we relate to them. What we refer to as ‘reality’ is constructed out of our relationship to images, the meaning that we attribute to them and what we believe we are seeing. These perceptions are rooted in how we feel about the world, and what we feel about the world is predominantly unconscious. My work acts as a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious mind, and this bridge leads to a deeper understanding of my purpose and my place in the world.
“Being so precisely balanced between metaphor and description, these pictures have a raw energy that undermines their essential nature as fiction. That tension is a key strategy for Haydock, playing the apparent visibility of his subject matter against its rendering as an element in a personal drama, where meaning is necessarily an unstable complex of discontinuous sensations, always in motion. The imperative of this series, then, is to somehow contain the shifting dimensions of experience within a coherent framework. To that end, he makes use of an intuitive structure that orchestrates the palpably real encounter in counterpoint to what we know as the subjective dimension of the images themselves. The sum of this difference between what is seen and the fact that it must always be understood through the filter of an essentially private experience remains central to Haydock’s work. Its effect is to show how little of the world we can know at any given moment, or rather, to insist that we are forever positioned at the edge of what can be known from within the limitations of our necessarily finite perspective.”
-Darren Campion, Writer & Critic