Imagine you found an old disused house with thirty two boxes scattered around the different rooms containing apparently-meaningless objects which had been collected by the previous occupant. What would you do – call the local refuse collection team, take the boxes to the local charity shop, or keep and care for them?
If you are an artist or a writer, then this represents a unique treasure trove and an opportunity. “An Avalanche of Subtlety “ presents the contents of thirty-two boxes found in an unassuming house, with each box containing objects meticulously arranged by the unknown collector.
The thirty-two boxes were scattered through the house that hadn’t been entered for many years – a time capsule and a mirror on the collecting habits of the previous occupant. Artists John Henry Newton, Laura Reeves, and Himali Singh Soin have taken these lost objects and recreated a new history, a new aesthetic, with a focus on clocks which recreate time and memories.
During the exhibition, Himali Singh Soin presents a performance “The Clockmaker’s Reverie” exploring the “in-between time of daydreams in response to the time spent accumulating by the unknown collector”.