Ever remote, ever there | Hondartza Fraga | 05 - 27 February 2011
Hondartza's latest work revolves around the ideas of home and of elsewhere exploring what it may mean to be lost in between. From drawing to video, original to found, Ever remote, ever there is an exhibition of works that seek to re-interpret the fictional and elusive character of home and the unknown.
Beached whales are the starting point and main characters in the series of pencil drawings "As it falls, either remembered or not seen". Based on found images of beached whales, shipwrecks and other scenes at sea, the subjects float against the flatness of the blank paper as if incomplete fragments of a dream or a half remembered story. These characters stand for distance, dislocation, the meaning of being lost, of disappearing. They form a bridge to the video works, which reflect upon the meaning of home and that of journey, both mental and geographical.
"Bearing Elsewhere" presents a journey in a constant state of recurrence, never complete or definite. The footage was collected during an artist-in-residence stay in Norway. Sights from different moving transports, the landscape remains always remote. The snowscape of mountains and fjords is accompanied by the sound of a traditional Nyckelharpa (played by Swedish artist Markus Lantto). Projected onto the blocked windows of the gallery, the works opens up a new window to a distant foreign world.
Inside the gallery space, originally stonemason cottages in the 1800's, a domestic monitor hosts a new video work. Constructed from excerpts of films, we see interiors. Rooms, kitchens or corridors, in definite: homes. But, of course, these are all fictional homes; stripped of their individual narratives and collated together to compose a portrait of an artificial stage. A new space that can only be inhabited through imagination or memory: perhaps through recognising, re-constructing or re-inventing.
The works in South Square are an attempt to understand and question the dichotomy between home and foreignness, taking on the position of a traveller who observes the world from the safe distance of an endless wandering. In the same way that image and sound seem to oscillate between melody and dissonance, the viewer is left to linger in the imprecise space that lies between departure and arrival, halfway between daydream and anticipation.
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