24/04/2010 — 5/06/2010

Maeve Rendle


Preview Friday 23 April, 3pm – 5pm

This Grundy exhibition is Rendle’s first solo exhibition in a museum space, for which the artist has made one piece of new work that will span the Gallery's entire exhibition space.

Then the curtain rose is the second work of Rendle's to take its inspiration from 'The Guermantes Way' by Marcel Proust, the first work being La Berma's Voice, 2008 (film 50mins.)

'I could not help being saddened by the fact that there was now nothing left of my former frame of mind'

This sentence from the book describes the feeling of experiencing something that exceeds one's expectations entirely and alters the way one perceives the world thereafter.

When Rendle read this sentence on the page in the book she recognised it as a moment when the reader is captivated by a story, feels the sensation of the paper on his fingers and lifts his eyes from the page as the words simultaneously enthral and bewilder. The reader experiences the potential the words have to attach their meaning to the individual and the universal.

Reading from left to right this sentence, omitting ‘I’ and ‘my’, is lifted from the page into the space of the Gallery where each letter is represented by a framed artwork from Grundy's collection. However only the intended position of each letter on the wall is visible, marked by two nails upon which the frame would hang. Hanging the frames is made deliberately impossible by using fragile charcoal nails. The floors, ceilings and spaces in the Gallery become pauses, thoughts, breathing, sounds and imagery between words.

Producing unframed photographic images Rendle uses her practice to emphasise the potential for photography to be used as punctuation, a series of marks that may create a drawing, a series of objects or manipulations that may create an installation. Presenting sequences of images that trace time and work, Rendle attempts to uncover the space within and outside of the frame; her method of continually taking apart and rebuilding the work is intended to enable and encourage the viewer to do the same.


Installation images of Unframe can be seen here.

The exhibition is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.