Opening VWFA's new Project Room in May 2007, The Exhibition That Was is an installation of painted shadows, documenting the activities involved in the installation of an art exhibition. This work highlights and plays off the various components that make up a typical art exhibition - the nature of installation art, physical aspects of an exhibition space, the people involved and the installation process as the show comes together - I hope to provoke audiences to think about the wider aspects surrounding an art object, not just as a display of finished products but the process and developments involved.
With the position of the lights unchanged, viewers walk into this empty white cube with their projected shadows falling at the same angle as the painted shadows. By doing so, I hope the audience recognizes their own physical presence within this installation space based on the relationship between both theirs and the painted shadows.
This project was made possible by Bombay Sapphire.