Shaun Kirby suggested that the ambience of his exhibition The Gasfitter was due in part to his experience of two close but distinct cultures, one more structured and tolerantly repressive than its messier neighbour. The photographic images used by Kirby were shot in various places in Europe and all of them were ambiguous and haunting in some way (a strangely-skirted aluminium caravan with small square windows, a frosted window in a cheap hotel, an urban residential alleyway in the process of demolition). Interestingly, some of these images were incorporated into three-dimensional works so that the spatiality or architectonics of the image was somehow reflected or extended via the object in the gallery. The zoomorphic capacities of an 8-legged metal 'creature' and 6-headed hammer lent themselves to particularly virulent narrative possibilities.
A colour bifold catalogue was produced with a text by the artist.
above: documentation from the exhibition
image: Shaun Kirby
by Alan Cruickshank
EXHIBITION PROGRAM 2000