Image by the Flux Factory
The Endless and Mobile Beautiful Collapsible Labyrinth is a Willy Wonka factory of delights, substituting artwork for candy. In the industrial belly of the Flux Factory, this exhibition produces an edgy, and times, dark, sense of pure imagination. The curation completely revitalizes the conceptual possibilities of how an exhibition can be inventively manifested.
The walls of the gallery are constructed in twists and turns of a labyrinth. However, they also move. The viewers are invited to slide the walls side to side, open and close them like doors, or swing them back and forth on their axis. This violates a boundary of comfort for how viewers usually interact with art. However, many of the works have been specifically created to stretch and contort between two walls such as one made out of an accordion of vibrant strings stretching and slumping as its environment alternated. Some are actually meant to be crushed and broken by the moving walls like the line of fragile bird’s nests which hold delicate eggs growing human teeth.
The execution of the many and varying surfaces imaginatively makes a home for a variety of artistic media. Screens picturing crawling beehives may be peered upon through ragged tears in the wall, a clothing rack of flesh-like jackets may be worn to fit the fashion of the scene, and a solitary paint-soaked nude performance piece quietly carries on in a partially-hidden nook. All the while, the space itself perpetually morphs in the hands of the new exhibition designers—the audience.
The EMBCL is a funneling of inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and David Bowie’s Labyrinth into an art exhibition. It dismantles and challenges the preconceived notions of even the most experimental art displays. It turns the viewer into a participant or, perhaps even further, to a conductor of the space. This imaginative approach is an example of how to shatter the confines of traditional exhibition making and generate an original means to benefit art in its presentation and make the viewer a partner in the process of experiencing art.
Link to event and artists included in exhibition: http://www.fluxfactory.org/upcoming/labyrinth/
Here’s a photo of me modeling the flesh jacket Dressing Room by Kelly Johnston :