Gallery opening times:
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October, 11am – 4pm
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October, 11am – 4pm
Preview: Friday 16th October, 6pm – 8pm
The title for Katy Cole’s solo exhibition, taken from the poem Going for Water by Robert Frost, implies our increasing urgency to make inroads into space voyage, tourism and habitation. We Ran As If to Meet the Moon brings together new works in a variety of media: drawing, sculpture, and painting that orbit the subject of outer space, its hostility, beauty and our enduring fascination with it. The works also explore something of the human condition – a need to understand, depict, colonise and capitalise the unknown.
Throughout her practice, Cole acts as a mediator between colossal, calamitous environments and small-scale human experience. In the ongoing series Galaxias, nebulous forms of unimaginable size are neatly and meticulously painted onto palm-sized building blocks, while a new series of drawings entraps rocket launches and explosions of immense power in the confines of geometric forms. Cole’s works tread the line between the actual and fantastical, concerning both science fact and fiction, and combining the objective, scientific study of astronomy and meteorology with mythical and subjective interpretations. Her laborious and disciplined approach to making verges on the obsessive, and mirrors her work’s core subject – to illustrate something of the cyclical nature between chaos and control, creation and destruction.
Text by Rebecca Travis