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Borderlands - Tricycle Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE TRICYCLE Gallery is presenting Borderlands, Suzanne Moxhay’s first solo show and the latest exhibition in a yearlong series devoted to recent graduates. It runs from July 21 to August 16, 2008.

For the exhibition, 2007 Royal Academy graduate Moxhay brings together a series of images that exist in the space between photography and the staged or theatrical.

Using a process of re-photographing collected imagery, the borderland refers equally to the physical boundaries of a landscape as it could to an uncertain psychological state. Her work delves between the ‘reality’ of the photograph and the illusory staged nature of the theatrical or cinematic.

Imagery selected references film genre iconography such as the Western, Sci-fi or Horror, finding parallels between the world of National Geographic and the fictionalised worlds depicted in film. Using these filmic conventions, Moxhay conflates the boundaries between ‘real’ and psychological space.

Each image is derived from three-dimensional cutouts sourced from a vast archive of collected material, mainly images from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. From the photograph to the print, to the three-dimensional set in the studio and then back to the photograph, imagery is continually moved through real and illusory space.

Playing with the scale and depth of each element in the images, the images appear to hover between the miniature and the epic. The idealised yet dystopian environments exist in a space between various intersecting fields of representation whilst also embodying a reality of their own.

Tricycle Recent Graduates 2008 is a programme of exhibitions organised by the Tricycle Gallery to give exhibition opportunities to aspiring artists. In devoting an entire year to recent graduates, the Tricycle aims to give greater exposure to the selected artists whilst simultaneously displaying an exciting and contemporary programme.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Saturday – 10am to 10pm; Sunday – 3pm to 9pm.

Tricycle Gallery, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR.