Narda Alvardoo, Jeremy Diggle, Neville Gabie, Robert Gober, Emily Jacir, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Tere Recarens, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Ed Ruscha, Yorgos Sapountzis, Ross Sinclair, Joao Tabarra
Exhibition Dates: 2 October – 20 November 2004
Plain Sight focused on the work of twelve international artists. The exhibition took as its starting point the personal or intimate set against a global background. This essentially involved a question of scale that was explored through gesture, documentation, and juxtaposition. The acts highlighted here have a sense of futility, but the simple gesture leads us to think about our boundaries, be they political, ethical, sexual or environmental Treading a line between tenderness and aggression the works do not become swamped with subject matter but find a means to escape it and return to what they are; simple gestures made in plain sight.
Jeremy Diggle (UK) records the burial of ex-military fighter planes in the Welsh mountains. Narda Fabiola Alvarado (Bolivia) halts traffic on a busy road in La Paz with the aid of uniformed police. Neville Gabie (UK) photographs makeshift football goals around the world. Robert Gober (USA), in his fabricated newspapers, contrasts stories of abuse and prejudice with images of the celebration of everyday life. Emily Jacir (Pal/USA) visits territories to enact simple tasks on behalf of Palestinians who are forbidden to do so. Jean-Michel Othoniel (France) distributes 1001 red necklaces at a festival visibly uniting a previously disparate group of individuals. Tere Recarens (Spain) arrives home in a helicopter to tell her family of the changes in her life and her future plans. Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Puerto Rico) collaborates with the inhabitants of a Puerto Rico village to paint their buildings in shades of green sampled from the surrounding jungle. Ed Ruscha (USA) introduces uncertainty and ambiguity into his painted depictions of landscapes through the use of signs and words. Yorgos Sapountzis (Greece) sets off car alarms in a street to provide a rhythm to dance to. Ross Sinclair (UK), accompanied by his daughter, revisits Glasgow School of Art where he studied. João Tabarra (Portugal) restages a standoff in Tiananmen Square using shopping trolleys.