In ‘Future Skinned’ surfaces accumulate: the surface of the screen, the surface of communication, the surface of our skin. These are surfaces that we skim and touch, and which interact and interface with each other. Each of these surfaces suggests both opacity and transparency, able to be looked at as well as through. Our words and screens point towards an absent meaning that lies beyond their inscriptions, yet they also directly confront us with a material surface, like the mesh that catches what skims it, screening what can be seen and marking the bound between what lands on a surface and what penetrates. Our skin is not a strict boundary between the inside and the outside. It protects but it is also permeable and subject to ruptures. Our skin, like technologies of communication, is a surface of transmission. Through subtle architectural forms, engraved text and organic elements, ‘Future Skinned’ reflects on the history and future of mediated communication. The interplay of the biological and technological is central here, with each melding into the other. Copper pipes become rusty and organic elements are sandwiched between glass panels. The various elements, which include gelatine and wax, sit uneasily between solidity and malleability, suggesting both flow and stasis. Like the flow of communication in which we are immersed, each material element in the exhibition resists permanence.
OPENING / 21 February 2018, 6pm
EXHIBITION / 21 February – 10 March 2018, Metro Arts Gallery 2, Level 2
2018 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program, Gallery 2, co-presented by Metro Arts and Madeleine Stack
Images by Louis Lim.