Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil

Created specially for Melior Place in Bermondsey (Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery’s new space that will later be rebuilt as their new London home in 2020/2021), British artist James Alec Hardy’s monumental installation takes its inspiration from the immense Norse mythical tree Yggdrasil, which metaphysically connects the dimensions of perception. Using totemic stacks of analogue video monitors to build a tree-like structure, the artist repurposes obsolete technological hardware to explore the place of ancient symbolism in contemporary society. The sculptural forms will shift and metamorphose through the duration, giving the work the appearance of being live and growing, with select performance events to be announced. Within this temporary space, the installation functions as an Axis-Mundi; a momentary centre point. Thus, we are invited to engage and meditate at a threshold of potential change and progress. The sacred tree symbolises the centre of the world where the sky connects to the earth, and also a gateway between two plains of existence: the physical and the conceptual. “Myths are made, and remade — we create and collect those that help us identify the formation and patterns of the chaos to give us an ordered structure, I wanted to use Yggdrasil as the central column and foundation, to build it as a construction harnessing the existing architecture,” comments the artist. As such, we might interpret the work as attempt to bring shape to both the disused physical space of the building and the future that’s heralded by the start of the new year.

Yggdrasil

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