Nottingham Trent University graduate Callum Beaney’s first solo exhibition will be opening at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts from September 15th to October 28th. He is winner of the Genesis Imaging Bursary Award 2017.
The exhibition will present new work made in the forests and tracks surrounding his home, showing two different perspectives on these same places; one a development of his previous work taking form in folded scrolls, and the other an installation of work made at night exploring the limits of human and mechanical perception.
Building upon my established practice, The Space In Between is a refinement of my attention towards the production of artist books, and towards the forests and their peripheries.
Though at a distance appearing still, as though held from time, the forest’s inhabitants experience perpetual, cycling change. Reflecting aspects of one another in these spaces, these phenomena define themselves in their coexistence, their continuity, these shifting moments revealing their shared aspects - and our place in relation to them. Concerned with this interconnectedness, this transience, and the experience of time and space within these places, I envisage these connections in the form of orihon - folded scrolls.
No Flashlight/Sensor Burnout explores these same spaces on the night following a snowstorm. Having forgotten my torch, snow became my guide home, all above ground indiscernible. As clouds blanketed, the eyes’ internal processes revealed themselves; replacing absolute darkness with nonexistent, shifting forms.
The stillness of these places, within which my practice has resided for several years, had suddenly become threatening, space and distance pulling upon one another. Manipulating and exacerbating traces of the residual heat signature of my camera’s sensor, this phenomenon would find a digital analogon, manifesting as simulated vision too began to fail.