Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls focuses on the fundamental element of water - how humans control water, have historically controlled it to form the foundation of industrial production, and how, in turn, with the passing of time these industrial sites have become centres for contemporary cultural production shaping the spaces within which we expense art today; the Tate Modern, with its Turbine Hall, is perhaps the most obvious example of such a transformation in London.
Through this work Los Angles-based artist, Joel Kyack, explores these transformations and fundamentally addresses the often overlooked foundational binary inherent to artistic production – the representation of something vs. actually being that something. One can make a painting or sculpture of a tree, or one can use an actual tree in the work. This performance will interrogate these two opposite modes of production by straddling and occupying both.
Workplace was founded in 2003 in Gateshead, initially developing out of the artist-led scene in the region. In October 2020, the gallery opened his second space in a beautiful 19th Century red brick building in the heart of London’s historic West End and just a stone’s throw away from the Mayfair gallery district. The gallery now represents established and emerging artists from the North of England and abroad.