Looking Forwards and Backwards

2017.05.03–2017.06.03

From wall to wall and moving to the centre, Projected still image, motorised mirrors, timber. Image credit: S17-051a Tree Asters, Chatham Islands, 1924. H. D. Skinner photograph, Box-214-019. Reproduced for this exhibition with permission from Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago. Video courtesy of Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017. https://vimeo.com/blueoyster

Looking Forwards and Backwards playfully tests collaborative ways of looking and listening in exhibition making and practice. Working together in friendship depends on practicing the spaces between ideas, ways of seeing, and feeling. A collaborator's motivations and ideas, no matter how well communicated, are always slightly hazy. Instead of being able to look straight on at thoughts [everything right ahead, everything in perspective], thoughts are caught in peripheral visions—glimpses of meaning come to the fore only every now and then. The interplay of ideas and experiences explored in this exhibition are drawn from a series of parallel letters between the artists. These letters generated the thinking and making of the exhibition. In the gallery, 'Looking Forwards and Backwards' opens up this text as a field of potentiality for the viewer where subjectivities are made and remade.



4th Dimension explained, CD audio for headphones, 14:16 duration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6aIVGquOg

The Asters at Sandfly Bay, CD audio for headphones, 10:25 duration.

The growing requirements of works, CD audio for headphones, 02:49 duration. Adapted text from ‘The Garden Planner’ by Gardener Royal Ashley Stephenson (1981)

How Shading Comes to Edges, Projected video, 26:13 mins, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards is a continuation of 'Knowing You're Wrong', an ongoing collaboration between Lucy and Ziggy. Previous iterations of the project include 'Drawing from Memory', part of the 'City Loop Project', Newmarket Park, 2017; 'Working Together', exhibition at ST Paul Street Gallery Three, 2015; 'Storage Solutions', part of 'Group Shower', FUZZY VIBES, 2015; 'Knowing You're Wrong (I&II)', exhibition at ST Paul Street Galleries One & Three, 2014.

Image credit: Grace Ryder.

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Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
From Wall To Wall and Moving Towards the center, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
How Shading Comes to Edges, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
How Shading Comes to Edges, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
How Shading Comes to Edges, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
How Shading Comes to Edges, Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
Looking Forwards, Looking Backwards, publication by Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017

Looking Forwards and Backwards
Looking Forwards, Looking Backwards, publication by Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, Looking Forwards and Backwards, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2017