LondonMary Hurrell: Buoy
Thursday 18 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Friday 19 November, 5pm-7pm
Saturday 20 November, 4pm-6pm
Friday 3 December, 5pm-7pm
Saturday 4 December, 4pm-6pm
Saturday 11 December, 4pm-6pm
Friday 17 December, 5pm-7pm
Saturday 18 December, 4pm-6pm
‘suspended in fragments / floating on air / her eyes eclipse to overlap a portrait / silhouette mass / rotating / editing out / figuring outlines for a body as a system of lenses / edges’
BUOY is the first solo exhibition by London-based, South African artist Mary Hurrell at NıCOLETTı, London.
Comprising sculpture, collage, film and a live programme of performances, BUOY considers the body as a system of lenses, mirrors and edges. Throughout this new cycle of work, the body moves as a liquid perspective, stretching through emotional and physical densities, elasticities and compressions.
Actions of layering, overlapping and de/re-constructing inform the installation as a whole, such as in a new series of collages, in which Hurrell cuts up and rearranges fragments of glossy magazines to create hybrid portraits that play with notions of femininity, identity and memory.
Similar ideas are being explored in PERISCOPE, a performance for camera captured in the City of London during the third Lockdown in 2021. The film choreographs a text read by an automated voice, processed vocals and moving images shot with four cameras. Articulating a movement of language and a language of movement, PERISCOPE conflates antithetic registers of technology and flesh, intimacy and alienation, the surveyor and the surveyed.
Accompanied by a programme of performances featuring live actions, costumes and sound improvisations, BUOY decompresses and rearranges its own elements through physical interventions that bring the exhibition into a celebratory present.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Mary Hurrell (b. 1982, South Africa) is an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance and sculpture to explore choreography of the body. She is interested in forms of movement as language in relation to physical and psychological experience.
Mary Hurrell, Buoy, Installation view, NıCOLETTı, London. Photograph by Theo Christelis