- Neil Cooper
- 23 August 2013
Installations subverting ideas of the body beautiful
On your marks, get set, and go, go, go for this first off-site group show, which forms part of the newly relocated and currently nomadic Collective Gallery’s All Sided games project. In a studio space normally occupied by weight-watchers, four artists play with the idea of the body beautiful and the rhythm of life in a series of installations that quietly subvert the entire notion of exercise regimes.
So where Rachel Adams sculpts a pair of foam-covered climbing frames shaped in such a way to render them unusable, Jacob Dahlgren carpets the floor with a network of multi-coloured bathroom scales that resemble a checkered dancefloor. This neatly offsets Haroom Mirza’s Sitting in a Chamber, in which handmade vinyl discs bleep in locked-groove synchronicity with the similar-sounding heart machines on a film opposite. Nilbar Gures’ series of staged photographs, Unknown Sports, finds women exploring distinctly non-Olympic events such as leg waxing in a home gym-type space.
Game Changer is a parallel universe workout where rest and play are far more important than busting a gut.
Collective: Offsite, Meadowbank Sports Centre, 556 1264, until 1 Sep, free.