surgical plaster, cement, accelerated latex rubber, photocopies, aluminium, polystyrene, resin, translation dictionary, newsprint, metal wire, cotton, fibreglass, cellulose insulation, shellac, sand, varnish, water, steel
at The NewBridge Project, 2022
Exodysis II is the second iteration of Abel Shah’s sculpture installation, first exhibited at the Swiss Church in London in 2021. Influenced by thinking around bodies as archives, the sculptures are reminiscent of skin- or vessel-like objects. Some fragile, awkwardly balanced or shedding their layers, the objects are in parallel states of destruction and repair. Constructed from everyday materials that have been integral to the developments of the 20th and 21st century’s, including urban housing, high-speed transportation, healthcare technologies, information storage and control of movement, the objects start to act as “shells” of our everyday environments and recent histories.
With collaboration at the core of their practice and an interest in the gallery as a space of facilitation, the body of work has developed alongside ongoing dialogues with fellow practitioners and collaborators by thinking about how meaning and relationships are built through language and exploring alternative ways of communicating.
We invited fellow practitioners to interrupt the installation throughout the duration of the exhibition and created a programme of walks, dinners and workshops to engage with the work in unexpected ways.