Silent Light at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s is a show with 5 so-called lens-based works by 5 artists. Four works are indeed without sound, which is a great relief. No hassle with not-working headphones etc.
The one with (working!) headphones by Puck Verkade is the most surprising.
She found a good balance between the silence of her subject and the people telling about their experience of solitude and silence while living on an island near Iceland.
Life and death seem to become one and bring peace and openness of mind.
Alexandre Lavet shows an enlargement of cursor movements over a colour selection programme, which looks like a night and day animation.
Sybren Renema shows a Tyrannosaur with a red balloon on its tail in the Natural History Museum in Oxford, which brings you back to Victorian times when dinosaurs became part of the Anglo-Saxon empire. It looks like a huge vanitas still life.
The most recent work of the exhibition, a work by Raúl Ortega Ayala, is appropriately shown as the opening work, opening and closing the curtains.
The works are fine and well presented but as a whole, in spite of the inviting silence, the show doesn’t seem to be very coherent. On the other hand, the works give enough room for contemplation, so take your time when visiting.
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