Blaze started out as an exhibition for the CCAS Studio Residents and it has grown in stature over 11 years to get us where we are to day with a celebration of emerging genius. Our guest curator, the fabulous Sally Brand, added The Uberigine and Alex Hobba to residents Josh Owen, Cat Mueller, Tom Buckland, Alycia Moffat and Kon Kudo for a stunning show which opened last Friday evening. It was Huge ! While no grand theme was intended for this survey, BLAZE XI asks two relatively simple questions with potentially complicated answers:
how did we get here?
where are we going to next?
There are varying degrees of interactivity in all of the works and this makes BlazeXI a very engaging exhibition. Tom Buckland’s work is seen through “peep holes” in the gallery walls and what you will see is amazing. Alycia Moffat’s underwear skeletons make a kind of risqué play pen that you can climb into. Kon Kudo provides an equation, blu tac and a calculator for the audience to construct an image he has produced. The Uberigine asks the audience to reveal awkward moments in a growing circle of awkwardness reveals a litany of insecurity. Josh Owen and Cat Mueller have used gallery corners for painting and video works that corner the audience into their curious “animated” worlds, while Alex Hobba uses found seating to anchor the viewer before her study of cinema devices in fragments of a cinematic event in three colours. This description might be lite as it gets but its a start to looking into some of the broader issues in all of the works.
There is one resident missing of course, Janis Lejins, who is currently at the Royal College of Art in London. We are hoping that Janis will be in the next exhibition, but more about that soon.
BlazeXI at CCAS Gorman Arts Centre until April 15.