Murray Edwards College, New Hall Art Collection, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
Artist CJ Mahony uses the iconic Brutalist architecture of Murray Edwards College to present works that combine sculpture, sound and drawing. These Restless Objects investigates states of balance and disturbance, destruction and rearrangement, and the process of achieving solid form.
Mahony takes over the exhibition space and spiral staircases of Murray Edward College famous Dome. The exhibition presents two separate bodies of work which have been made and developed alongside one another investigating ways of working that combine sculpture and sound.
A series of wall based works are situated in the Lower Fountain Court, taking advantage of its linear structure and wall of windows, to show a series of small sculptural forms, combined with diagrammatic elements and text. Referring to processes of heat, pressure, and crystallization, each variation is a momentary state of balance or stillness, poised to be destroyed, rearranged, or re-read. Taken together, the panels can be read as a meditation on restlessness, decision-making, and the process of achieving solid form.
The stairwell spaces will contain two works that form part of a new research and development project funded by Arts Council England. They will use sound to enhance awareness of the form and volume of the stairwell space, as well as referring to the physical acts of rising or falling, and the psychological connotations of ascending and descending, encircling and repeating.