Candida Powell-Williams:
The Gates of Apophenia

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15 November–
25 January 2020

Candida Powell-Williams’ solo exhibition and sculptural installation The Gates of Apophenia was the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Powell-Williams describes The Gates of Apophenia as “a threshold between two states of mind.It is subscribing to scientific logic and an evidence-based understanding of the world whilst simultaneouslyemploying esoteric behaviour in an attempt to influence matters outside of my control.”

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Bosse & Baum is pleased to present Candida Powell-Williams’ solo exhibition and sculptural installation The Gates of Apophenia. Powell-Williams describes The Gates of Apophenia as “a threshold between two states of mind. It is subscribing to scientific logic and an evidence-based understanding of the world whilst simultaneously employing esoteric behaviour in an attempt to influence matters outside of my control.”

The Gates of Apophenia stems from a research residency at the Warburg Institute London exploring the cultural heritage of tarot (playing cards used for divination), the mutation of symbols and the art historian Aby Warburg’s legacy. The project has developed through a performance at Serpentine Gallery (2018) a card deck published by Common-Editions (2018) and a solo exhibition at Void Gallery, Derry Northern Ireland (2019). Throughout these projects, the artist has interpreted her research through performance, photography, sculpture and animation: the translation between each medium, the various shifts in media, scale, time and place, has informed the development of the project.

In The Gates of Apophenia, Candida Powell-Williams creates a singular architectural installation by surrounding the viewer with her miniature sculptural Major Arcana (trump cards). Each card is explored through varying arrangements of repeated sculptural forms creating compositions such as empty castles, temple-like structures, boats and lighthouses, accompanied by animal heads and frozen magician’s gloves as well as fairytale paraphernalia and familiar or mysterious symbols. The sculptures are made from a range of materials, including ceramic, jesmonite, cardboard, textiles and resin with roughly shaped surfaces in saturated pigments of pinks, purples, yellows and greens and ghostly whites. The work here is stripped of the tarots original universal human imagery to draw attention to how object and architecture alone might convey spiritual meaning or imply narrative and plays with the interpretation of symbols. Instigated by philosophical questions about humankind’s disharmony with the universe, these works are choreographed to focus on the potential of esoteric modes of thinking to transform perception.

Powell-Williams’ sculptural and performance works are a response to researching the slippage that occurs between primary and secondary source material, exploring the consequences of retelling history and how we construct memory through objects. Her research is guided by philosophical questions about our attempts to navigate within the purposeless and chaotic universe through the connection of the mundane materiality of objects to action and belief.

Installation Views

Talk:
Feminism, Magic & Brexit
Wednesday 4 December, 7pm.

Q&A between Dr Edwin Coomasuru and Candida Powell-Williams in collaboration with the Gender & Sexuality Research Group at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. The talk will take place at Bosse & Baum. Email [email protected] to book.

Performance:
one to one tarot readings. Duration 30 mins | £20.

Available on request Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. The readings will take place at Bosse & Baum. Email [email protected] for availability.

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