A New Way of Walking
For the summer season, Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce the group exhibition A New Way of Walking, which brings together an eclectic mix of artists and works all united by an interest in the impact of the surrounding environment on the individual. In the 1950’s, the theorist Guy Debord defined the term psychogeography to represent enquiries into the impact of geographical location upon the emotions and behaviour of conscious beings.
There is an element of chance, discovery and adventure involved in Debord’s structure for psychogeography - the notion that even the most familiar of places still withhold surprises, the uncovering of which offers a greater understanding of personal ontologies.
The process of navigating through an environment offers a variety of outcomes and responses. For the artists featured in A New Way of Walking, there are a number of different enquiries at play; an attempt to understand the infinite in nature (Celmins, Smith); awareness through applied materiality (Shiraga, Martinez, Hüller); alchemical application of quotidian materials and objects (de la Mora, Meckseper, Tàpies, Prince); using a reduced figurative language to transmit psychological states (Dubuffet, Guston). Underlying each of these approaches is a paramount investigation into the metaphysics of individual existence, specifically in relation to the macrocosm.