Drawing, sculpture and textiles are combined in an installation by Deborah Crowe that opens on the 19th of May in the studio gallery of Manukau City’s Fisher Gallery. shift is a work that uses space, light and shadow to explore issues of absence and presence of the body. The passage of light through three dimensional forms is used to create shadow ‘drawings’ on the walls while the presence of the viewer creates gentle movement of the woven structures.
Artist Deborah Crowe says -
‘In shift I’m interested in creating an environment that presents a series of contrasts - a spacious yet crowded environment where light woven forms have a slight heaviness to them. A space where the viewer experiences actual three dimensional forms alongside traces of these in previous arrangements as well as shadows of these in potential configurations; an environment that is still yet contains movement.’
The exhibition shift represents a development from works that are presented as objects in space to an installation context which explores light and space. The installation emphasises links between the sculptural aspects of Crowe’s work and the inherent drawn qualities of finely woven 3 dimensional wire forms. Suggestions of human presence is explored through less literal forms than previous work while the use of light filtering through these to create shadows is utilised as a visual and conceptual device.
→ Deborah Crowe: shift, 2000, publication
→ Deborah Crowe: shift, 2000, exhibition card