ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present Touching Pool, a highly anticipated solo exhibition by one of Australia's leading artist collaborations, Honey Long & Prue Stent.
'What if there was a force that flowed between everything and connected us? Water? Love?
In To__uching Pool we turn a loving and somewhat provocative gaze upon wet bodies and environments that stir something deep inside. These evocative moments and textures have been gathered from our ongoing practice of abstracting bodies and materials within environments. Condensed morsels, they provoke a host of feelings: affection, repulsion, lust, wonder, hunger, joy. Despite the fractures that exist, when one starts to string bodies and scenes together, these seemingly disparate things seem to sing to each other.' Honey Long & Prue Stent, 2020
Inspired by the touching pool often found at aquariums and the sensorial connections with nature they elicit, this exhibition speaks to the conflicted and estranged relationship we have with the natural world. Using a pared down visual language of colour, texture, and form, Touching Pool captures performative encounters between the artists' own bodies and the natural environment. In these works, submerged bodies writhe, dance, bend and twist into organic matter while materials adeptly used by the artists such as shimmering transparent fabrics, wax, glass and netting, blend and merge the body and landscape. Zoomed-in, tightly cropped, abstracted, and enveloped, bodies become creaturely while aquatic animals, river beds and rock formations evoke human forms, revealing sights/sites of commonality and connection that "sing to each other".
Press release courtesy Arc One Gallery.