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‘Nothingness’ – an exhibition featuring new work by artist Christopher Sacre.
Artist Christopher Sacre has created a new sculptural ‘lifeform’ that will be first shown at Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery in September as the focal point of his latest exhibition, NOTHINGNESS.
The sculpture, whose exact appearance will remain a mystery until the exhibition opens, references society’s response to difference and provides a focus for exploration of the dynamic relationship of the Deaf community to mainstream society.
The new work develops ideas first explored in his successful ‘See What This Man Gave Birth to After Using 2000 Condoms in 22 Days’ installation in 2010, which Christopher exhibited at venues across South East England and London. The piece marked a turning point in his
work and introduced his ‘babies’ to the world – sculptural forms made by pouring liquid plaster into condoms. NOTHINGNESS unveils the next stage of evolution, a sculptural ‘child’ that will take it’s meaning in part from the responses it provokes and how viewers connect emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively with it.
Christopher is passionate about using his art to stimulate wider interest, discussion and debate about the complex and problematic nature of being Deaf in society. He expands upon issues that inform the work:
“Through recent funding cuts many significant educational and cultural institutions have been lost, which have been vital focal points for this community. This stripping away of the cultural fabric of the community has left Deaf people increasingly at risk of losing their rich cultural heritage. What will be left for future generations?
How will the audience reflect upon the sculpture? Will the ‘child’ be left isolated as society flows around it?”
NOTHINGNESS runs from 27th September to 9th October 2014 at
Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4BP
(diagonally opposite Iceland). Admission is free. Please see www.nucleusarts.com for opening times.
There is an exhibition preview on Friday 26th September, 6-9pm – all welcome.
NOTHINGNESS is supported using public funding by the National Lottery
through Arts Council England.
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