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Mandy Barber, Steve Dutton, Percy Peacock
From January 14th 1999 to February 20th 1999
Mockapocalyptics

Mockapocalyptics is a gathering of video, photographic and digital work by three British Artists. Mandy Barber currently living in Toronto is working alongside the collaborative practice of Steve Dutton and Percy Peacock. In this, their first three-way collaboration, they are suggesting an overlapping of their distinct practices within the discourses of the disaster and the uncanny.

Presented in the space of the gallery, playful model scenarios tinged with hints of extreme violence repeat endlessly on video loop. Props appear upon a table top, suggesting the construction of some model townscape or landscape. Occasionally movement takes place upon the table, a model house is moved here, a "mountain" placed there; buildings are constructed out of poor materials, bits of wood and dust, and then trashed jubilantly in a spirit of recklessness and glee.

In the presence of this cycle of construction and deconstruction are also a series of large scale photographic and digital works. Dutton & Peacock’s photographs of seemingly banal municipal interiors are displayed upside-down alongside Mandy Barber's images of transitory non-places of travel and consumption. Barely mediated, the uncanny photographic works of Dutton & Peacock present spaces which appear simultaneously possible and impossible; wavering between the recognizable and the unameable. Turned upside-down, the suffocating weight and blandness of the institutional space expands into something lighter but more difficult to grasp. In Barber's work fantasy and reality become blurred in seductive and hyperreal images of climate controlled spaces and systems of conveyance. What initially appear as benign and ubiquitous spaces and events of the everyday begin to reveal an incipient tension which lies at the heart of common spaces, actions and representations.

Dutton and Peacock received the financial support of Sheffield Hallam University, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, and Photo 98.

Mandy Barber came to Canada in 1996 to undertake an MFA at the University of Windsor. Following her graduation in September 1998 she now lives and works in Toronto. Her most recent exhibItions include, "Public Order" at the Art Gallery of Windsor 1997 and the "Pekao Gallery Toronto Summer Group Exhibition" in 1998. She also has a forthcoming two person exhibition at YYZ, Toronto in March 2000.

Dutton & Peacock is an artists’ collaboration between Steve Dutton and Percy Peacock. Both artists have exhibited individually at a national and international level. They began collaborating on certain projects in 1996. Their collaborative work has recently been shown in Musée Imaginaire ( parts one and two ) at the Museum of Installation in London, England and at the Lewisham Arthouse. Recent shows include an installation at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario and a major Photo 98 commission for Rotherham, England. Forthcoming exhibitions include " A disturbance of memory on the Acropolis " at the Centre for Freudian Research, London, England in early 1999. Both artists lecture at Sheffield Hallam University in the School of Cultural Studies. Steve Dutton is M.A. Fine Art Course Leader and Percy Peacock is Sculpture Course Leader.

Steve Dutton, Percy Peacock and Mandy Barber are also founder members and directors of S1 Artspace/Projects in Sheffield, England.


Bibliographie
- Lamarche, Bernard, «Branchés en direct», Le Devoir,, 23-24 janvier 1999, p.B13.
- Miller, Marcus, «Speed Demons», Hour, vol. 7, no 4, 28 janvier – 2 février 1999, p.22.
- «Fast Forward. Mockapocalyptics», Canadian Art, hiver 1999, p.17.