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With a prevalent focus on curatorial approach, Crab Walk is due to open at Sunderland’s Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art on Friday 30th October, ready to re-assign existent dialogues, becoming an extension and re-invention of the exhibition Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do, which exhibited at Plymouth’s KARST gallery earlier in the year.

This collaborative exhibition will show the work of a range of artists, exploring the art of retrospection as an insight into the future, through a range of mediums including paint, sculpture, sound and film.

There is a selection of curatorial decisions that envelop a unique need to approach the conventional contemporary gallery space, by situating it within its own history as well as the previous exhibitions it has been a part of, Crab Walk will become a kind of polyphonic history of the space itself, created through multi-faceted responses that perhaps make it detrimental to define it as a group exhibit.

Showing the work of artists Nicolas Deshayes, Alex Dordoy, Jennifer Douglas, Patrick Hough, Philomene Pirecki, Marie Toseland, Sally Troughton, Rosalind McLachlan and with design work by Tom Merrell, the point of inspiration is attributed to the static intent of modernist piece Black Square by Kazimir Malevich, which was transformed in its evolving materiality, as the paint is seen to evolve from a once flawless state, to become flawed; or less flawed, but rather changed. The need for re-evaluation of cultural entity, and of simply being, is described through the art of retrospection, and this exhibition is a valuable insight into how, with that as the prevalent focus, that begins to take place.

Crab Walk is at Sunderland’s Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art from Friday 30th October until Saturday 20th February.

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