Switch Supposing is a script and a painted image in poster-size format.
London Loop Gallery, Multiple Locations: Shaftesbury Avenue, Hyde Park, Kings Cross, Euston Road, Finsbury Square, Great Western Street, Camden High Street, City Road, Southwark Bridge Road, Angel, Old Street, Shorditch High Street, Hackney Exchange.
There is something very powerful and empowering about showing one’s work on the streets; a place of physical connectivity and interconnectivity – exchanges, cross-roads and conduits. The external walls of the city are a public space, belonging to the people, to everyone at once and as such become its canvas. Passersby from all walks of life are the audience and in poster-size format, the artwork interacts with the civic architecture and its lines destinations, and who owns the landscape?
Looking closely at the image of Switch Supposing, it is made up of text in the form of small syncretic poems like “sense, flow, make, things, whole” or the more simple “parent’s lips”. I created the poems first in automatic freedom before rearranging them into a new macro/micro design: an immortal higher view of the still now and the forever evolving uncertainty of every present moment.
Switch Supposing is both a writing and a drawing exercise in the form of a cosmographical design. Finely psycho-poetical invocations meander and converge in a sketch-like fashion of prayer for life’s everyday traumas. They explore the unity that exists in fragmentation and also the inherent reordering that exists between one’s inner experience and the outer reflection.
Switch Supposing works on the relationship that exists between the verbal and the visual. We can read images and paint visions with words, yet Writing and Drawing are fundamentally not the same, so how do they differ? What are they not? And where does their ‘Otherness’ intersect?
Words and images, with their signs and meanings, are equally necessary to space and charge reality. They are both vehicles and mediums to unite and conceive reality, working between the ‘I’ and the world, the interior and the exterior, the knowing and the doing. They allow an opportunity for us not to be subdued by the world, but to rather interact with it, thereby ever transforming it into new narratives.
Switch Supposing is a piece that has adopted several forms, each time interacting with its living environment -from a ceramic tile-floor installation in Peckham Area10 to a pulsating light box in the Scuderie of Palazzo Moroni, Padova. It also became a Workshop ‘Languages as Images’ at the Warwick festival of Literature and Spoken Words.