Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs
‘Artistic production is nodal, networked, and a perpetually unfinished project, things nudging each other, domino effects transpiring. The real-world analogue of this is
that in an artist’s studio, it’s always a transitional moment: the detached artwork as standalone statement is a falsity, a piece of theatre. In reality, one thing leads to
another, all kinds of ambient forces shaping what’s made’ (Martin Herbert).
For their exhibition Border-Wall, Davis and Hibbs present a new wall-based work created from their collaborative sculptural installation ‘Border Controls’. This work is
made up of modular parts; steel frames and mirrored elements that reflect both one another and reconfigure the surrounding space, acting as an endlessly changing
composing device as the viewer navigates the work. For the work Border-Wall the sculpture has been re-staged in multiple new configurations in the artists’ studio and
photographed in a process of transfer from the physical to the endlessly mutable digital space. Re-assembling the sculpture digitally is a further play on the works
potential to confound the boundaries between both real and illusory space. Here borders are permeable; multiple thresholds cross and overlap in a state of flux and
collapse which both transforms and disorients. Alongside the new piece ‘Border Wall’ they present related individual artworks that have informed their collaboration.
Within the shadow of increasingly restricted borders and political control, regarding migration and the increasing isolationism seen both here in the UK (with Brexit) as
well as the wider geographical concerns in Europe and America,. The personal and political dimensions of art-making and authorship can be seen as pertinent to
wider social concerns and questions that address the dynamics of power, autonomy and control. Davis and Hibbs collaborations centre around shared themes,
overlapping research interests and ongoing conversations into one another’s practices. Both have independent careers but also are a couple who share a studio,
where the inevitable questions arise about how, why and where to set boundaries. Their individual practices share common references to the social, political and
aesthetic agendas encoded within architectural structures and in different ways renegotiate the visual and ideological legacies of modernism to probe both real and
idealised notions of space. They create different kinds of structures where the potential for interpretation or reading of context is contingent on the audiences’ individual
and relational responses.
Rosalind Davis is an artist, curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and
internationally and has had a number of solo shows: no format Gallery (2017), the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones & Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The
Residence Gallery (2007). Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute; Arthouse1, Bo Lee Gallery, Standpoint Gallery, Transition Gallery; The
Roundhouse; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and no format Gallery. Her work is held in a number of private
and public collections. Davis is the Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery; a dynamic gallery in a law firm. Davis had previously co-directed and developed two arts
organizations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-15) and Core Gallery (2009-11).
Justin Hibbs (b. 1971) studied at CSM, London (1991-94) He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and has also curated a series of artist-led
exhibitions. Solo shows include: Between Before and After at Arroniz Arte in Mexico City (2018), Alias_Re_Covered (2015) at Carroll / Fletcher; PARA/SITE (2013) &
Secondary Modern (2010) at Christinger De Mayo gallery, Switzerland; Altneuland (2007), Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Switzerland; Metroparadisiac (2006) and I'll Wait for
you (2005) at the One in the Other Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include Rules of Freedom, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Shapeshifters, Arthouse1 London;
Abstraction I, Arroniz Gallery, Mexico, Pencil/Line/Eraser (2014), Carroll / Fletcher, London; Superstructures (2013), Arroniz Arte, Mexico City; Oh My Complex, Kunstverien
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