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←Term.←Lam.←

Alex Impey

08/04/2017 - 14/05/2017

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Installation View, Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Installation View, Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Installation View, Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Nesting, Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Nesting then, Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

Alex Impey, ←Term.←Lam.←, Ocelli (auspicious) (detail), Collective, Edinburgh, 2017. Photo by Tom Nolan.

 

←Term.←Lam.← is a new exhibition that metabolises Alex Impey’s research into animal motifs, composite materials, divination, and art history. The title ←Term.←Lam.← can be read in multiple ways, ‘term’ being a synonym for ‘word’, a period of time or, with the addition of a full stop, a clipped prefix for the word ‘terminal’. ‘Lam.’ is another clipped prefix for lamb, laminae and laming.

Alex’s practice consists of sculptural installation and writing, which act as speculations on the production and organisation of value. For this exhibition, Alex will make a new sculptural installation which takes on a mirrored form, stretching across the gallery walls. The materials used, ranging from car air ducts to chitin – a natural material derived from crab shells – have particular resonances. They reflect the engineering practices of animals and processes in which humankind has tried to make sense of the world, adapting nature and animals to its own needs.