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The Distance from Here to There - Tricycle Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of works by David Raymond Conroy, The Distance from Here to There, will be on display at the Tricycle Gallery from October 27 to November 29, 2008, as part of the Tricycle Recent Graduates 2008 programme.

Conroy explores the conundrum that art objects might be “… either more than they appear to be, or maybe more accurately more than they are because of how they appear”. Situated in this distance between material ephemera and mythical absolute, Conroy’s work presses upon the fragility of how a set of events, objects or positions can potentially transform into a political gesture, a spiritual presence or a romantic fragment.

The works pursue the relation between mistake and the marvellous; as Conroy states they point to a paradoxical “space in (between) the work being present, and there not being any work present”. This slippage leads Conroy into a productive set of circular arguments, at once compromised and transitional. Works like All Revolutions are not the Same (2008) are developed out of an attempt to design a certain weight of meaning beyond the remit of controlled construction. As such, the work implies a political aspiration while at the same time undermining the basis of its own assumption.

This concern with connecting to something via separation is also apparent in the work When the Going was Good (2008), which affectionately conflates the fetish of commodity with the art object’s romantic gesture. In doing so the work is both homage and critique, not as a cohesive articulation but more through an absent yet calculated encounter. Absence then is what might inform this distance from object to artwork, like in the enigmatic image of the woman in I try to forget but its just a reminder (2008), the way both she and the image are in the process of “turning away and disappearing”.

As Conroy posits these fragile transformations deal with the problematic notion of some kind of latent revelation, the possible but unruly correlation between material particularity and universal idea. To this extent The Distance from Here to There is defined in the absent but implicit relation between common ground and abstract space; the aporia that might act to leave some imprint of that which remains intangible.

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.

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

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