Bearspace Gallery: Refresh (until 25th January 2014)
Alas it seems natural to start my review of 'Refresh' with the work of Suzanne Moxhay, who is one of several artists exhibiting as part of the show. The artist uses an assemblage of photography and newspaper archives layered over glass for a distinctive, crisp touch. Her most visually alarming piece being currently displayed is 'Rains Mine', an 'archival digital print' that resonates highly with the First and Second World War. This is where the speculation and discussion begins over whether Moxhay is working around a distopian future or past, as naturally such scenes are somewhat familiar to us as a modern viewer. The greyscale of the print is presented in a way that is not antique, but instead suggests a terrifying, impending fear. The physical size of the canvas allows the encompassing of the eye and, to some extent, the body. Moxhay works towards pieces that are undoubtedly beautiful, but which include a dark twist that will send viewers seeking more than aesthetics.
Image courtesy of www.bearspace.co.uk