Workplace Gallery: Joel Kyack 'Hold On Tightly / Let Go Lightly' (until 20th January 2018)
Workplace Gallery, London and Gateshead.
The work in the show is consistently chaotic yet deeply engaging, so it is certainly advantageous that there are only five pieces in the show; the eponymous work is a dual channel video work of underwater footage of a shallow river, where the water moves at the top of the screen. At a time of complicated political situations having a domino effect on other aspects of life, the tranquility and cyclical repetition of the video allows us to take a step back and observe the underwater microcosm. The exhibition is concluded by 'Self-Portrait as a Fountain', a c-print of the artist drinking from a juice carton while simultaneously urinating in a river. Kyack's constant presence at Workplace through his work is affronting and bold, never moreso than his appearance in 'Self-Portrait as a Fountain', whereby the natural environment and man's imprint upon it is undeniable due to the composition of the photograph and the figure's dominant stance.