Render is an exhibition that brings together the work of Peter Ainsworth, Adam Watts and Andy Wicks. The show represents a live and exciting discourse as the artists share an interest in architecture and in particular spaces that are often overlooked – building sites, mooring structures or storm drains – areas that are on the edges of urban environments but without which the city would not fit together. Their response to these sites are quite different however what ties their work together is a fascination with physical surface: the render of objects that are resplendent in their disorder. Their work examines modern experience as a series of interactions through the creation of sculptural work and the documentation of forms and surfaces in response to the urban periphery.
The artists share a process of looking at the recesses, at the edge of things through an engagement with spaces that are not habitually used. They each spend time walking and researching areas; collecting remnants from sites, making rubbings, or taking photographs. Beyond this however, and what punctuates all of their work, are concerns of usage of space and investigating the nature of materiality and object relations within contemporary culture. The act of making within their practice thus becomes a search for something that is missing, something unseen or intangible, dealing with a substratum of the city, its substructure. Render will embody a sense of otherness and estrangement that is symptomatic not only of a psychological state but a condition of modern society. A contrast or comment on the usage of transitional spaces, the homogeneous ‘non-place’ as explored by Marc Auge designed to be experienced on the way to somewhere other. Where the user has no connection to any specific location or can determine no sense of identity. In this context Render aims to look at the edge of things through the artists’ engagement with spaces that are not habitually used in the normative navigation of the urban.
Render is an exhibition in which a search for something that is missing, something unseen or intangible dealing with a substrata of the city. Its substructure becomes tangible as the relationship between the means of production and the final piece, are an essential process in the realisation of the artists work. The exhibition space will be an immersive environment, viewed with an intimate physical space as well as through a thematic curatorial link akin to their engagement with the urban periphery: spaces that are often encountered through car windows but have to be entered into through gaps in railings. An examination of the incidental details by which the landscape is constructed and how human intervention (whether that be in the form of growth, mark, detritus or landscaping) is just one element of where relations in the world occur. The starting point for an analysis of speculation rather than the absolute, the documentation of forms and surfaces.