22/05/2018 — 26/05/2018
The last of four fig-futures exhibitions at the Grundy Art Gallery, Rebecca Birch presents The 'Yellowing, part 1', a site-specific installation that invites the viewer to the telling of a story about material, environmental and social surfaces – paper, textile, and rock; Norwegian forest floors, the fields of the Fylde; a kitchen table, a shared song and a knitting circle. The work investigates the politics of the surface: how we order, protect and privilege some surfaces over others, so as to obscure the instability that frequently lies beneath.
For this project, Birch’s own video work is brought into dialogue with a range of natural and archival objects including a selection of original drawings by Patti Mayor from the Grundy’s Collection, and a Harris Tweed sail made specifically for the Rotunda Gallery ceiling. A large table-top conceals the central void between the Grundy’s foyer and first floor gallery. On this table, guided by the audio narration, and supported by the host present in the space, the audience are invited to take part in the unfolding of the installation.
'The Yellowing, part 1' illustrates Birch’s on-going practice of gathering histories and narratives in every new location she engages with. For fig-futures the artist has produced a multi-layered, interactive installation that gives a platform, both physically and metaphorically, to a range of voices whose stories cross time and place.
ﬁg-futures is a programme of 16, week-long exhibitions across four venues around the UK in 2018 and 2019, and draws on the same curatorial framework as ﬁg-2 at the ICA Studio, London in 2015. Grundy Art Gallery is the first institution to exhibit as part of programme across May 2018. For more information visit ﬁg2.co.uk
fig-futures, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Outset.