November 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2nd floor
25 North Road, Durham

I can’t remember the last time I used cardamom is a new exhibition of work by emerging, North East-based artists at TESTT Space, a new visual arts hub in Durham city.

I can’t remember the last time I used cardamom

Curated by Oliver Doe

Stacey Davidson / Jawbone Jawbone / Matthew Pickering /
Joshua Raz / Janina Sabaliauskaite

Preview: 22.11.17, 6 – 8pm

Open: Wednesday to Saturday
12.00 – 4.00pm
Closes Saturday 9 December.

Curated by Newcastle-based artist and writer Oliver Doe, I can’t remember the last time I used cardamom takes the unfamiliar as its starting point, with artists exploring ways in which we can detach from intimacy, and examine ideas and objects that defy simple categorization. Many of the featured artists work across a diverse range of media:

Joshua Raz explores contemporary painting, creating uncanny, alien landscapes populated by familiar motifs and cultural references. His new works take the ‘Wild West’ as their starting point, with cowboys and stallions punctuating unfamiliar settings that seem almost like stage sets, their false depth confusing viewers’ sense of space.

Stacey Davidson’s works sit between the digital and analogue realms of image making, blurring painting with digital collage and online aesthetics. Pasting appropriated printed images onto canvas alongside bold and bright painted marks that explore the formal aspects of painting, her works question our experience of both painting and the self in the digital age.

Jawbone Jawbone also explore the spaces in between reality and online experience, working across a diverse range of media, and often reimagining their own objects into new formations. Their works channel a daydream-like state to influence decision making. Interested by the qualities between 2D/3D, they create work that has seemingly fallen out of a digital screen or been illogically flattened.
Working across video, installation and photography,

Matthew Pickering explores the nature of being between states: from the line between perception and reality understood by persons living with Alzheimer’s to experiences of transitional spaces in hospitals and institutions. The hypothetical narratives within his surreal examine the complex intersections of autobiographical memory, account, fact and fiction.

Janina Sabaliauskaite is a photographer whose portraits explore desire, queer identity and moral restrictions in contemporary society. Her photography raises questions about the functionality of the image and the boundaries between public and private life.

The exhibition will be complimented by a publication produced by curator Oliver Doe in collaboration with four local artists and writers, responding to each others ‘texts’ in a printed form of Chinese Whispers, warping their original intentions and removing their familiarity.