Robert Currie presents an intrinsically ethical practice when he makes his large videotape installations. For this particular piece, that has been specially commissioned by VINEspace, exploratory pencil sketches led to a simple idea - to work on the two parallel walls of the gallery. The initial process was clear, equitable, and in contrast with the ultimate complexity with which we are finally confronted.
The two sides of the gallery extend inwards towards the centre of the room. Architecturally, it is unlike Currie's previous installations; more Gaudi than Gropius, less pre-determined, more willful. The videotape, with its slender lines and reflective surface works collectively to grow out from the wall, crystal-like, with an organically geometric sensibility.
The building up of lines through hatching to create planes and define shape are familiar methods for articulating form with pencil on paper. On the platform of installation, and of course, in three dimensions, this work concerns itself not just with the articulation of form but the validity of nothingness; through woven uniformity and within interstices, voids materialize with cogent restraint. Physiological, psychological and philosophical modes of perception are a pre-occupation, and visually, an awareness of what is not there, is brought about because of what is; a perception of nothingness as a result of 'somethingness'.
Robert Currie ©2008