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April 30, 2021 - May 9, 2021
scenes from the forest
A solo exhibition by artist Anne Levitch.
Through installation, sculpture and photography, FOURTH WALL explores the contemporary relevance of the traditional fairy tale as codice of ancient wisdom. Storylines shapeshift and evolve through millennia, presenting narratives of adversity, struggle, transformation and re-emergence often including the uncanny. FOURTH WALL presents a mise-en-scène to the viewer, a metafictional forest, where they break the fourth wall in reverse, joining the fairy tale characters on ‘stage’ by entering the narrative topos.
The forest is common to many fairy tales. Jack Zipes states ‘inevitably they find their way into the forest. It is there that they lose and find themselves. It is there that they gain a sense of what is to be done. The forest is always large, immense, great, and mysterious. No one ever gains power over the forest, but the forest possesses the power to change lives and alter destinies.’
The setting is developed around the established philosophical framework of magical realism with layers of both time and space exploring the impact of fairy tale on reality, reality on fairy tale, creating space for the viewer in between.
Zipes, J. ‘The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World’, 2002 p.65 Palgrave MacMillan
The artistic and curatorial practice of Anne Levitch centres on the visual representation of embedded cultural memory, of societal attitudes and their traces. Her work responds to what she sees as layered cultural, community, family and personal scripts. In her research, Levitch engages with the philosophical, the psychological, and metaphysical influences of cultural heritage. She responds to these investigations with experimental 3D works, installations, drawing, print, photographic and video works. She is actively involved in exploring the unseen, in making it more visible.
APRIL 30 – MAY 9 2021
OPENING: Saturday 1st MAY / 4 – 6pm
HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 6pm, or by appointment