COUNTERFEIT at the Bermondsey Project Space is an exciting exploration of truth and falsehood.
Work by Heyse Ip, Amelie Mckee, Ambar Quijano, Florentine Ruault is on display until Saturday, March 17.
‘Counterfeit’ is commonly defined as ‘an exact material imitation, with the intention to deceive or defraud’.
In COUNTERFEIT the artists reinterpret the term as an imitation of both physical and immaterial content.
In this case, it becomes a metaphor for the difficulty of identifying true from false. Falsehoods necessarily have a basis in reality.
The exhibition features Mckee and Quijano’s Replicas of Bio-structures and series of photographs.
They include pieces from the events: Fossils of Today and The North Sea’s Extended Research Program Conference.
By intertwining both factual information and imagination, it becomes difficult to distinguish the true from the false, enabling different entry points into a complex story.
Using a range of scientific and journalistic formats, the artworks further address the unclear boundaries between fact and fiction.
Ip’s work Model Models is a series of images re-photographing architectural models, mounted onto standing frames.
These images bridge the photographic plane with the physical space it occupies, creating the idea of the model as both the subject of the images and its physical arrangement.
A minimal and empty presentation distorts the scale of these spaces. As a whole, the images question notions of representation through physical layering.
Ruault presents a series of digital drawings removing the cultural and stylistic features that characterise each city.
The repetition of a geometric and colourful aesthetic refers to the cities’ homogenisation; a process that is currently increasing in many cities’ urban landscapes.
The result is a graphic interpretation of the multiple cities, which become inseparable in the way they are depicted.
COUNTERFEIT is on at Bermondsey Project Space until Saturday, March 17.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
For more information visit project-space.london/event/5105-2.
Copy editing by Sheena Campbell.