Polarised (2016)


Kim Coleman and Laura Buckley.


Solo show commissioned by Block 336, London. 


Looped moving image with audio (7'07"), data projectors, strobe lighting, tinted acrylic, mirror film.

"Polarised is a four-channel video installation incorporating sound, light, and sculptural elements. If sunglasses expose our anxieties around seeing and being seen, Kim and Laura’s work, Polarised, draws this particular contemporary phenomenology into focus. In Polarised we are presented with lenses that alternately allow or block views into an installation, simultaneously reflecting and refracting projected moving image in a space, incorporating sculpture, lighting and sound. Here the artists present light as a form of control, with a role both in social and cultural posturing, as well as in the dynamics of looking and being looked at, riffing on the formal relationships and cultural connotations embedded into the shaded gaze. This is a work that destabilises the act of looking, one that forces us to see it in a different light. In Polarised Kim and Laura create a carefully constructed enterprise, a world of light and sound where our experience of it is electrifying." Tom Groves with the artists.


Video recorded on-site in the gallery exposes interpersonal dynamics between two artists whose processes are both characterised by a heightened awareness of the sensual effect produced between light and camera, and between the reflector and the reflected.


Polarised was a first collaboration between Kim Coleman and Laura Buckley and was developed as Artists in Residence at Block 336.