Joey Holder – Abyssal Seeker [Demersal Zone]

14th April to 22nd May 2021

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<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Joey Holder’s first solo exhibition at the gallery depicts a slow, aquatic journey to a fictional brine lake at the bottom of an unnamed ocean. Protagonists float in and out of the story, semi fictionalised versions of invertebrates, hybridised and constantly shifting. These </span><i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>arrivants</span></i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> are situated in two scenes in the two rooms of the gallery. The first contains a photographic installation set in a rocky, arid l andscape composed of architectural drawings of panopticons, subtle diagrams of DNA, human evolutionary charts – the landscape itself is formed of these diagrams and symbols of surveillance and categorisation, human interpretation of organic processes. </span>

 

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The second room holds a video installation that transports the viewer to the sea floor. The oceanic abyss envelops the viewer via a semi circular screen across which a digitally rendered environment is projected. This work initially might seem to recall  Jules Verne’s series of novels set under the sea, which transposed themes from Homer’s <em>Odyssey</em> to the crucible of 19th Century colonial expansion. While the colonial project of exploration employed naming and categorization to enable ownership, the beings in Holder’s world attempt to evade identification, classification and subsequent commodification. Holder’s brine lake represents a place beyond mapping, the deep sea as a metaphor for the limit of human knowledge, a place beyond categorisation, beyond monetary value, beyond the colonial project of taxonomy. </span>

 

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>This exhibition represents an optimistic speculation of an acceleration to a dark future, an alternative metaphor for escaping surveillance and the cast of the net. This show is about a more positive future, an escape to a dark, safe place beyond data. </span>

 

 

A publication accompanies this exhibition with a commissioned text  by Theo Reeves-Evison. It will be available in printed form and as a PDF.

 

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Abyssal Seeker is a project by<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><a href=”http://www.seventeengallery.com/artists/joey-holder/”> Joey Holder</a></span>

Creatures and film scenography by Yuma Burgess

Sound Design by <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><a class=”mce-object” title=”&lt;script&gt;” href=”https://svbkvlt.bandcamp.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”&gt;<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>33EMYBW</span></a></span>

Graphics by Raphaël de La Morinerie

Essay by <a href=”https://reeves-evison.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Theo Reeves-Evison</span></a>

Catalogue design by <a href=”https://hanli.eu/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Hanzer Liccini</span></a>

 

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<p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Download the catalogue for Joey Holder Abyssal Seeker &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></p>

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