Present Tense

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Friday 26th January – Sunday 3rd March 2024

God's House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY

Present Tense

Present Tense is a new exhibition bringing together work by four artists in the ‘a space’ arts 2023 Turning Point Bursary programme: Suna Imre, Carrie Mason, Joshua Raffell and Alec Stevens. 

Over the last six months, the artists have undertaken a period of self-led artistic experimentation, development and risk-taking to push beyond existing boundaries within their practices and yield new ways of working. The Turning Point programme embraces ‘open ends’, creating valuable time and space for the development of artistic practice without the pressure to produce specific outcomes or ‘finished’ artwork. 

Present Tense is an exhibition of the artists’ work in the present moment, celebrating a playful and experimental approach to practice whilst also acknowledging the tension evident in the works on display.

The exhibition is on display at God’s House Tower from Friday 26th January until Sunday 3rd March 2024. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Content Warning: This exhibition contains artworks that include nudity and sexually explicit images.

About the Artists

Suna has a background in dance improvisation and embodied practices. She uses clay, found natural materials and her body to create works that highlight the fragility, temporality and beauty of existence. Her practice is intimately linked to wider ecological themes and a desire to articulate the interconnectedness between humankind and the natural world.

Carrie is interested in how we experience time. Her most recent body of work is a material exploration of the transformative powers of the sea. She uses metal and salt water to create artworks that evolve and develop over time, resulting in installations, sculptures and ink drawings made using the copper carbonate harvested through the process.

The Turning Point Bursary has allowed Joshua to experiment with clay and mosaic, mental illness and metamorphosis. His work is radical and polemical, pushing the boundaries of self in order to challenge ideas about power and repression, especially in relation to class, gender and sexuality. Joshua is interested in identity and how it is impacted by mental health, aspiration and conformity.

Alec’s practice fuses craft, drawing and critical thinking to unlock hidden or overlooked narratives, often leading to humous and playful works. For Present Tense, Alec is exhibiting a moving image work called Queer Bar Light Room. It’s an illustrative, animated piece that extends and explores queer fantasy visions, shaped by contributions from queer people from across the world.

Suna Imre Audio Description

Carrie Mason Audio Description

Joshua Raffell Audio Description 

Alec Stevens Audio Description

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