© Craigie Horsfield

Craigie Horsfield

Frith Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Craigie Horsfield. Made in collaboration with tapestry weavers in Belgium these pieces demonstrate the artist's innovative use of diverse media. Here Horsfield has uncovered the potentiality of a technique which is more often associated with decorative or applied art and used it to create intricate works which continue to explore themes of relation, slow time and the present.

The tapestries were begun as a narrative device - the literal weaving together of strands that take on meaning in their relation. They parallel the formal structure of the rest of the artist's practice - long-form films, sound works and the social projects, which bind together complex and interwoven narrative lines. In the tapestries, the sense of their fabric as the material of representation concerns the interplay between the substance of the things depicted and of their being depicted - at once a metaphorical and actual interweaving. In tapestry each thread is equally significant to the unity of the image, the dense and complex tying together takes on a meaning which is formed by all the threads. Unlike a photographic surface, that of the tapestry is densely present and its rhetoric is not first of all concerned with the evanescence of light, but with the physical surface - the skin of things.

The photographic images on which these works are based were made more than 30 years ago and now. They return to the process described by Horsfield since the 1960s of "slow time", of memory and present apprehension, involving affection and loss, shadow and light. Two rhinoceros, separated; a street and a couple lost; the tree at the end of the world, an accidental diversion in a disco; a cloud.

Although large, even monumental, these works speak of small intimacies, of the everyday and the present suffused with past longing - of hope, recognition and beauty.

Craigie Horsfield has had solo exhibitions at major international museums and institutions, most recently The MCA Sydney, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon and Jeu de Paume, Paris. Other notable solo exhibitions include the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. He was included in Documenta X and XI, Kassel and the Whitney Biennial, New York in 2004. Horsfield's work features in many major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Tate Gallery, London, the Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Fondation Nationale d'Art Contemporain, Paris and in many private collections worldwide.

Exhibition: 18 January - 27 February 2008
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm

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