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LONG TOMORROW (article first published : 2007-12-17)

After Bank Gallery’s highly successful inaugural exhibition of drawings and sculptural installations by Andries Botha, curators Robert Fraser and Henrietta Hamilton are adding an exciting young London artist into the mix for their December show with Matthew Coombes’ exhibition entitled Long Tomorrow.

Long Tomorrow is an enchanting and dreamlike look at an uneasy future. A large scale video and sound installation entitled Echo of a Moment, envelops you as you enter the gallery. The work takes you beyond the present, into a volatile space where the visual ebb and flow are remnants of a collapsing power supply.

In Minor History of Convergence, a triptych of etchings, the viewer is confronted by an abstract depiction of both the conflict and co-dependency that exists between formal and chaotic energies. A series of melancholic photographs look at forgotten spaces, semi-rendered by man and now left to be swallowed up gradually by the landscape.

Long Tomorrow is both beautiful and unnerving. Like the haunting electronic buzz of the installation, the exhibition will stays with you long after you have left the gallery space.

Matthew Coombes’s interest lies in the interface between various determinist oppositions such as natural/geometric, linear/non-linear and presence/absence. He mines the latent narratives and tensions that arise from observing forms through such dialectics. His practice is not medium-specific but rather interlinks sculpture, print, drawing and video. “I see my practice as a fundamentally linked effort, even if like parallel lines, the different works may never meet. The notion of parallels is of particular interest to me as it invites the viewer to interpolate the gap for themselves and this is precisely where the work can be said to begin (or to end).”

Long Tomorrow runs until December 22. Bank Gallery is situated at 217 Florida Road.

Bank Gallery will continue its education programme, with tours and video workshops relating to Matthew Coombes’s practice. To take part in the education programme contact Robert Fraser on 031 312 6911 or info@bankgallery.co.za




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