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Silence is so accurate. Installation View, 2017

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PEBBLES PIZZA ROTATION (2017). Mixed media

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PICNIC SUBMISSION ROTATION (2017). Mixed media

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WATERFALL (2017). Mixed media

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LEANING DIAMOND ECHO ROTATION (2017). Mixed media

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NUROFEN MONET DUST (2017). Mixed media

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INTO THE SEA (2017). Mixed media

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NEST (2017). Mixed media

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LOOKING LEANING SQUARE ROTATION (2017). Mixed media

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POSTCARD FROM A £1 COIN (2017). Mixed media

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Silence is so accurate. Installation View, 2017

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Silence is so accurate.

 

Silence Please.

 

Complete Silence. Total Silence. Absolute Silence. True Silence. Dead Silence. Silence Kills. Silence = Death. The Silence Button. A Dream Silence. A Vow Of Silence. An Awkward Silence. Enjoy The Silence. The Silent Treatment. Silent Protest. Silent Retreat. Silent Disco. A Silent Vigil. Silent Night.

Disruptions to silence such as a dog barking or a fly buzzing were recurrent motifs in early work by Agnes Calf, whose practice is innately bound to the question of what silence actually is, providing a setting for both an exploration of an artwork’s apparent mutism in the face of perception, archivism and interpretation, and an interplay of forms and fragments from the auditory fault lines that seem to characterise our relationship to sound or its absence.

Are the world’s reserves of silence being terminally depleted? Is civilization a conspiracy of noise pollution eroding criticality, attentiveness and depth of feeling? Whether imposed or volunteered, is silence merely the absence of something else, and does it really speak louder than words? Whilst Derrida castigated ‘the violence of primitive and prelogical silence’, denouncing silence as a nihilistic enemy of thought, Heidegger and Wittgenstein lamented the loss of our relationship to silence, expressing doubts over the ability of language to fully describe experience. This philosophical schism unhelpfully suggests artists are either for or against a formal or verbal reticence, rather than offering the possibility of a richer analysis of silence’s tactical or theoretical possibilities. Is silence a demand, a wish, a rebuke, a form of resistance or surrender? Does silence even exist?

Silence is so accurate presents a new body of gold-tinted work exploring Calf’s take on our desire for idealized states of being, the servitude of quiet coaches, the introversion of pebbles, earplug columns holding up the detached entablature of sleep, the waves and tides within a somnolent touchscreen interrogating fingerprint, the indentations of elbows in repose inviting us to imagine around the gesture and its possible contexts, at a desk, by a window, in a bed, simultaneously the supportive structure of pivoting bones and joints, and that which this support gives flight to, a daydream, contemplation, gradations of sentience.

 

Silence is golden. Silence is so accurate.

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Rotation (Pebbles Pizza) (2015). Earth drying clay, pebbles, aerosol paint, acrylic paint on MDF.
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Kneeling (2015). Earth drying clay, aerosol paint, plinth.

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Bag Tags (2015). Mixed media.
Pebbles/Pizza (2013). Installation view at ‘Small bird’s nest with blue eggs inside’, MMX Gallery, March 2015.
Pebbles Pizza / Neutral Pizza, 2014
White Sock and Quadruple Rotation (Earplugs), installation view / right, ‘POINTS OF CONTACT’, 2014.
White Sock and Quadruple Rotation (Earplugs), installation view / right, ‘POINTS OF CONTACT’, 2014.
White Sock, 2014.
White Socks, 2014.
Quadruple Rotation (Earplugs) 2013,  Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Pure Wax Cotton Coated Earplugs, 39 x 23 x 4cm
Drink, 2013,  Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Plastic Straw, 18 x 24 x 17cm

Static Rotation (Earplugs), 2013,  Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Inkjet Prints, Foam Earplugs, 18 x 40 x 4cm
Static, dust, or something, possibly nothing (17), 2013, 84x 59cm, Unique Monoprint , Copper Blockprinting ink on paper
Static, dust, or something, possibly nothing (15), 2013, 84x 59cm, Unique Monoprint , Gold Blockprinting ink on paper
Volume, 2013,  Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Foam Earplugs, Variable Dimensions

Wall, 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Glass, 100 x 6 x 9cm

Static (1), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Inkjet Prints, 26 x 18 x 4cm
Rotation (Earplugs/Orange), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Silicone Earplugs, 38 x 21 x 3.5cm
Rolling £2 (2), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Two  £1 coins, 26 x 20 x 3cm

Pebbles/Pizza, 2013, Clay, Pebbles (Collected from Church Cove, Lizard, Cornwall), Acrylic Paint, 19cm x 26cm
Standing on £1 (2), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, £1 coin, 38 x 18.5 x 4cm

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Standing on £1 (2), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, £1 coin, 38 x 18.5 x 4cm

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Cream Live, 2013, 25 x 170cm, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Cassette Tape, Panel-Pins

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Static, dust, or something, possibly nothing (7), 2013, 84x 59cm, Unique Monoprint , Blockprinting ink on paper
Static, dust, or something, possibly nothing (6), 2013, 84x 59cm, Unique Monoprint , Blockprinting ink on paper
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‘Rolling £2’, 2013, 35 x 25cm, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Two £1 Coins, Panel-Pins

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Rolling £1, 2012, 24 x 20 x 3cm, Clay, Acrylic Paint, £1 coin, Nails

 

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Rotation (Ear Plugs), 2013, Clay, Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Foam Ear Plugs, Panel-Pins
Standing on £1, 2012, 36 x 14 x 1.5cm, Clay, Acrylic Paint, £1 coin, Nails

 

 

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Elbows, 2013, 49 x 16 x 2.5cm, Clay, Acrylic Paint

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