Zoe Walker, Limbo-Land, Large scale video projection on two screens facing one another, installation shot, Berwick Gymnasium 2002
Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich
16 February Ė 17 March 2007
Private View Thursday 15 February 6 Ė 8.30pm
Houldsworth is delighted to present ZoŽ Walker and Neil Bromwichís Limbo-Land for the first time in London and to offer an opportunity to see an important multi-media installation by this ambitious duo, currently receiving critical acclaim worldwide.
Limbo Land is a space of oblivion, confinement, or transition. It is also an unspecified region between dreams and reality where frontiers are undermined and negotiated. ZoŽ Walker and Neil Bromwichís video installation, shot at dusk and accompanied by the featured 3-metre inflatable moon, is concerned with precisely such in-between states and places. The juxtaposition of lightness and weight is encompassed in the uncanny presence of a moon within the gallery walls. Similarly, the astronaut protagonist, the artist herself, is caught between land and sky, an amateur comically caught in a forestalled lift-off. Limbo-Land invites the viewer to venture forth into an unknown space that lies between precarious states of being.
The use of play and frivolity to encourage reflection is also echoed in Walker and Bromwichís more recent artistic endeavours. Limbo-Land offers a foundation from which to contextualise the growing inventory of art produced by these two artists and to how they reveal art as a catalyst for change. Friendly Frontier (2003-2005), Love Cannon (2005-2006) and the ongoing Panacea project (in collaboration with Michael Pinsky) further explore artís ability to overcome boundaries, and to function as a universal formula for social, economical and political problems.
ZoŽ Walker and Neil Bromwich have worked together since 1999 with major projects including My Island Home for the V&A; Urban Nomads at South London Gallery; Fusion for St Johns Hospital Livingston and Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh; Celestial Radio for COAST with Commissions East; Love Cannon Parade with the Great Unsigned and Whitechapel Gallery; Site-Seeing; A Disneyfication of Cities at the KŁnstlerhaus, Vienna; and Somewhere Special at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Panacea, their most major project to date, has travelled from Centre de Crťation Contemporaine, Tours, France, Parvis Centre díArt Contemporain, France, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, and Cornerhouse, Manchester, and tours to Milton Keynes Gallery in June 2007, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.
The Panacea catalogue and a monograph on ZoŽ Walker & Neil Bromwich are to be published by John Hansard Gallery and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications in May 2007.