133 Cumberland Road
Bristol BS1 6UX
Saturday 10 October - Sunday 13 December 2015
In the artist's largest show to date, Charlotte Prodger presents a new body of sculptural objects at Bristol's Spike Island alongside the feature length Stoneymollan Trail. Recognised for her audiovisual practice using equipment selected for its specific technological capacity, design history and subcultural aesthetics, 8004 - 8019 builds upon Prodger's autobiographical impulse for listing, incremental sequencing and the mapping of co-ordinates.
Moving between and blending the native aspect ratios of her mixed sources, Stoneymollan Trial comprises material from multiple formats, a personal archive of deteriorating miniDV tapes; high definition camera footage; iPhone videos; screenprinted graphic forms and recorded voiceover. The film considers the physicality of the screen, brought into focus as a measure and mediation of subjectivity, as objects in the world (monitors, window, folding screens), and as framing devices through which culture and reality are shaped. Landscape is a recurring motif throughout this video, which traces a recent history of the medium of the video as well as the artist's personal history.
The sculptural objects made for Spike Island see Prodger using vertical and horizontal pictoral planes to consider screens as various ways of punctuating architectural space; blocking, dividing and revealing as the viewer navigates their way through the galleries. As the Stoneymollan Trail uses the intimate physical materiality of video to frame autobiographical content, Prodger's new sculptural objects draw upon industrial materials and processes in tandem with more traditional binary grid systems such as wool milling to think about the relationship of technology to landscape and the human body.
Charlotte Prodger (b.1974) lives and works in Glasgow. Her installations and performances explore what happens to speech, and the self for which it is a conduit, as it transmutates via time, space and various technological systems. Recent solo exhibitions include Markets, Chelsea Space, London; Nephatiti, Glasgow International Director's Programme, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow (all 2014); Percussion Biface 1-13, Studio Voltaire, London; :-*, Intermedia CCA, Glasgow; Essex Street, New York (all 2012). She is represented by Koppe Astner.
Still from Stoneymollan Trail, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Koppe Aster.