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‘Legend Trip’

New Work by
Alison Gill
17th May - 16th June 2012

Private View Wednesday 16th May 6-9pm



Over a period of two decades Alison Gill has developed a diverse practice, which tries to extend beyond the limits of contemporary art, reaching out to areas such as folklore and psychoanalysis as well as other fields of knowledge. In her exhibition here at the Charlie Dutton Gallery, Gill will continue to push these boundaries by presenting new drawing and sculpture related to the Legend Trip phenomenon and the Voyage and Return narrative. These themes involve the pursuit of self-knowledge, encounters with the metaphysical and reflect on the manner by which our lives are enriched and encircled by the imaginary



Tricksters, rebels, model-blanks, decoys, totems and car crashes vie for attention in Gill’s new drawings. The resulting compositions develop further her technique of sampling imagery, using photographs from fashion magazines, employing hand-made spirographs and taking the bricolage from her studio to use as stencils. The visual effect is a dirty one with complex traces of actions exposed and processes and meaning implied. An other-worldly presence dominates the drawings. Gill literally “draws out” the ideas from these sources to “build drawings” which encapsulate the various themes. The ‘Voyage and Return’ drawings represent the journey as an altered-state of consciousness, using surrealist imagery to facilitate a lucid dialogue with the unconscious and the ineffable. The works explore the idea of a rite of passage as a journey, with its requirement of “symbolic death” in order to enter the realm of adulthood and subsequent return.


The drawings find echoes in Gill’s new sculpture, which examine related ideas of investing objects with “magical” properties and hidden meaning. The works question the sufficiency of form alone (place, materials, process and space), by imbuing the chosen materials with the possibility of enchantment and wonder. Gill’s two new sculptures ‘Beyond The Other Side’ and ‘The Magick Door (Kissing Gate)’ in steel, rubber and porcelain, are both concerned with entering the fabric of spaces and other dimensions that cannot be seen and are difficult to conceive. Gill marks a journey that may or may not be taken literally. Like her drawings, Gill’s sculptures signify an opening into the realm of possibilities, which she invites the public to experience.

Legend Trip explores and celebrates the apparent folly of inexperience, examining the enduring reverberations of rites of passage and voyage and return templates, as reflected in western youth-culture and often re-activated at significant stages of life. Gill questions whether the desire to test one’s mortality (by various means) and to outwit it, still has a currency in our present unstable times. In registering the dangers and pleasures of romancing such a metaphysical possibility Gill seems to highlight that to take such a risk, that of loosing oneself to the unknown, may be a necessary act to provide an imaginative way into other-worlds beyond the everyday.

Gill is committed to her role as an artist, one who holds up a mirror, observes and reflects back; something conceptual, bewitching, primitive, haunting, unsettling, urgent… and romantic.



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