On the Threshold II: Formal Presence
On the Threshold II: Formal Presence aims to present the meaning of our existence in a post-internet society and the lived experience of different cultures mainly through the mediums of painting and photography while exploring the use of colour.
In the words of Jean-Luc Nancy ‘We are there without leaving the threshold, on the threshold, neither inside nor outside-and perhaps we are, ourselves, the threshold, just as our eye conforms to the plane of the canvas and weaves itself into its fabric.’
The works in this exhibition are drawn from a group of Japanese artists who are either studying in or have graduated from a number of London’s art schools: Goldsmiths College; Slade School of Art at UCL; the University of the Arts; Chelsea College of Arts and Central St. Martins. The artists’ experiences of living in London are transnational and in some ways disjunctive. Their aesthetics wander between West and East, absorbing or denying it totally. These influences are reflected in the works to be exhibited.