Review: Absurd habits get a refresh

How utterly pleasant to walk into the new exhibition by Susan Timmins at Crescent Arts.

 

There’s an awful lot of contemporary art in Scarborough these days. Everything from paintings to photos to sculpture to sound installations; and everyone from Hockney and Hodgkin to students fresh out of college.

 

In the continual onslaught it can be hard for us viewers to even begin to figure out what our response should be. Here the artist and gallery have combined to present a work in a setting where it can show off its wit and perception, and allow the viewer to stay with it and then take away whatever they want.

 

Absurd Multiple comprises a series of wax figures almost, but not quite, identical together with photos of each and a single 3-D printout. The work sits on its own (thankfully) in a white space. The idea, the execution and the setting contribute to a work that doesn’t badger you or shout ‘look how clever I am’ but is nevertheless strangely affecting.

 

The other part of the exhibition, Habit Forming Behaviour, shows multiple slides of living rooms taken from the internet. This too is affecting, though I found it less absorbing than the quiet power of Absurd Multiple. Spend a few minutes with those wax figures and they might well stay with you.

Roger Osborne

 

Absurd Multiple and Habit forming behaviour is at Crescent Arts until 26 July Thursday to Saturday 11am-4pm

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