© Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich

Limbo-Land, 2002
inflatable moon, video projection, drawings

Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich

Houldsworth is delighted to present Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich's "Limbo-Land" for the first time in London and to offer an opportunity to see an important multi-media installation by this ambitious duo, currently receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

"Limbo Land" is a space of oblivion, confinement, or transition. It is also an unspecified region between dreams and reality where frontiers are undermined and negotiated. Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich's video, shot at dusk and accompanied by the featured 3-metre inflatable moon, and new drawings (2007) is concerned with precisely such in-between states and places. The juxtaposition of lightness and weight is encompassed in the uncanny presence of a moon within the gallery walls. Similarly, the astronaut protagonist, the artist herself, is caught between land and sky, an amateur comically caught in a forestalled lift-off.  "Limbo-Land" invites the viewer to venture forth into an unknown space that lies between precarious states of being.

The use of play and frivolity to encourage reflection is also echoed in Walker and Bromwich's more recent artistic endeavours. "Limbo-Land" offers a foundation from which to contextualise the growing inventory of art produced by these two artists and to how they reveal art as a catalyst for change. "Friendly Frontier" (2003-2005), "Love Cannon" (2005-2006) and the ongoing "Panacea" project (in collaboration with Michael Pinsky) further explore art's ability to overcome boundaries, and to function as a universal formula for social, economical and political problems.

Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich have worked together since 1999 with projects including "My Island Home" for the V&A; "Urban Nomads" at South London Gallery; "Fusion" for St Johns Hospital Livingston and Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh; "Celestial Radio" for COAST with Commissions East; "Love Cannon Parade" with the Great Unsigned and Whitechapel Gallery; "Site-Seeing; A Disneyfication of Cities" at the Künstlerhaus, Vienna; and "Somewhere Special" at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. "Panacea", their most major project to date, has travelled from Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, France, Parvis Centre d'Art Contemporain, France, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, and Cornerhouse, Manchester, and tours to Milton Keynes Gallery in June 2007.  "Panacea" is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

An exhibition catalogue for "Panacea" and a monograph on Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich are to be published by John Hansard Gallery, and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications, in May 2007.

Exhibition: 16 February - 17 March 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10am - 5.30pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

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