At the “Keep Out” gallery, a small exhibition of the works of Frog was presented recently. Consisting of just five pieces, attendees were invited to review and consider the fairy tales that existed within their own lives. The gallery is open until the next one comes along.
“The Crack in reality” (2015, ABS brick)
In many fairy stories, there is always some form of portal to the alternate world. It may be a cupboard, a cave entrance, a rabbit hole… each of these represent opportunities for us to escape from whatever current existence we have. Here is a crack, an opportunity – will you take it?
“The tools for adventure” (2015, ABS Brick)
When on an adventure, there is often a key element that allows us to start to conclude the story. If you kiss the frog, you find your prince; draw the sword and you become king. Would you want your fairy tale to end, or would you recognise it for what it is – the start of another part of the adventure?
“The Magic Elixir” (2015, ABS Brick)
The magic liquid – drink me; but like the crack in the wall, are you prepared to relinquish control to whatever is contained in the mysterious bottle?
“One Reality” (2015, ABS brick), “One Truth” (2015, ABS brick)
Two identical images, each with different information displays. Are they the same? Is it one reality, one truth – or is it more than one reality, more than one truth?
The crack in the wall was something that started all this off. I’d seen a technique for making walls look a little damaged (see below, the crack exposes brick work) and wanted to apply it here – as well as building a double-thick wall so that you don’t get the light “bleed through” that you get with a single thickness wall construction.
The other parts of the gallery came to me as I started to think about that crack. Subconsciously, I’m sure that yellow was put there for a reason – and not just because I had yellow bricks to hand)