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Pressing Inertia

Tod Hanson
'Responses: three approaches to one space' was a series of changing commissions in which three artists respond consecutively to the dimensions of the Spike Island Project Space. The artists involved were: Tod Hanson, Ayling & Conroy and John Harper.

During the course of the exhibition the Project Space altered three times – the viewer was either greeted with a show by one of the three artists or the space in a state of flux. The sequential nature of the project set out to reveal the processes that an artist goes through in order to make a piece of work, which in turn made the curatorial act more transparent. A Research Space containing reference material collected by the artists developed and evolved alongside a series of public events.

Pressing Inertia
Pressing Inertia, was a new work for the Project Space, a 15ft wide by 12ft high cylindrical form, painted with a design that referred to a machine landscape, a commodity diagram, a decorated tickertape razzmatazz of warfare and consumer frenzy. This resulting effect caused the structure to appear as though it is spinning within the gallery space, to the point where it is threatening to break free.

About the artist
Tod Hanson is interested in a world over amplified and speeding up, the delirium of excessive production and waste, the exponential curve of history, as we hover on the apex of the old civilisation’s trajectory. His installations are concerned with the function of architectural space in its capacity to separate us from, and order our perception of, the world outside. In the past the artist’s work has graphically reinforced a room’s edges and junctions, introducing new frames and grid structures to zone and hold the space, to make clear its presence as a container. Recent exhibitions include: Jet stream Circus, 2013 (The Hecklers, New Art Gallery Walsall), Evaporate Spotlight, 2012 (Les Fleurs Du Mal, at BWA gallery, Wroclaw, Poland), Fossil Blossom, 2010 (Vulpes Vulpes, London), Secure Empty Trash, 2009 (Coalesce, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam), Parlour Collider, 2006 (Jerwood Artists Platform, Cell Project Space, London), Wall Painting for Coalesce The Remix, 2005 (Redux Space, London), Wall Painting for Coalesce, 2004 (Model Arts Gallery, Ireland), Blank, 2004 (The Globe City Gallery, Newcastle) and Polite Society Function, 2004 (Installation at The Foundry Gallery, London).

Responses: three approaches to one space was made possible through support and funding from the Spike Island Associates Programme and was the outcome of a years Curatorial Internship.

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