Off The Wall
22 July 2005 to 03 September 2005
Kirkby Stephen, North Westwww.foldgallery.co.uk
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Re-Drawn (task) by Niki Russell
There has long been a convention among contemporary art galleries to show work on pristine white walls and polished floors. These “White Cubes” can often appear intimidating to people not used to visiting art galleries, and can lead to the feeling that contemporary art is an exclusive club. As part of its programme to make contemporary art more accessible to rural communities, Fold is always looking for ways to make art appear more exciting to new visitors. In fact, Foldgallery has been proudly showing work on cream-coloured walls for the past 3 years in an effort to make the gallery space more homely and welcoming. “Off the Wall” was an exhibition that aims to show that galleries can be more than pictures on walls.
Off the Wall was a show of artists who responded to the challenge of redefining ways that gallery walls function in presenting art. It featured seven artists from across the country working in a variety of media and scale, from video projections to rolls of insulating tape. What united the individual pieces was the variety of ways in which the work incorporates or references the wall but goes beyond just being on the wall.