Friday, 5:01pm
23 July 2010

So it goes

the events department
Visual culture

The fourth dimension (in 3D) at Marsden Woo Gallery this month

‘‘There is No Why’, Alida Sayer’s current show (Marsden Woo Gallery, ends 31 July) takes its title from a line in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five: ‘Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.’

Distorting simple typography in layered wall-pieces and projections, Sayer’s work traps quotations from Vonnegut’s brilliant novel in surreal three-dimensional vortexes.

She describes her work as follows: ‘In this body of work, inspired by the novel Slaughterhouse-Five ... I use projections, printing and hand-cutting processes to explore the question of how we visualise time. The stacking or layering of paper and perspex are just some of the creative strategies I use to communicate a simultaneous vision of past, present and future: a three-dimensional approach to distilling the essence of a four-dimensional universe.

Top: ‘Here we are II’, detail.

Below: ‘Here we are I and II’

Alida Sayer, 'Here we are I and II', photo © Phil Sayer courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery 2010

Alida Sayer, 'All moments', photo © Phil Sayer courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery 2010

Above: ‘All moments’

Below: ‘All moments’, detail

Alida Sayer, 'All moments' (detail) Photo by Alida Sayer

Alida Sayer, 'There is no beginning', detail 1, photo © Phil Sayer courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery 2010

Above: ‘There is no beginning’

Below: ‘They couldn't imagine’

Alida Sayer, 'They couldn't imagine' (detail) Photo by Alida Sayer

Alida Sayer, 'The creatures were friendly' (detail 2) Photo by Alida Sayer

Above: ‘The creatures were friendly’

> 31 July 2010
Alida Sayer: ‘There is No Why’
Marsden Woo Gallery
17-18 Great Sutton Street
London EC1V 0DN

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