Celebrating the opening of a new space on the 24th floor of the East End’s iconic Balfron Tower, it is apt that Elevator Gallery have arranged for an exhibition engaging with ideas of transcendence to feature; From 20 February – 22 March, Max Leonard Hitchings’ Mutinous Bodies will be available to view, a critique of the fierce pace of humanity and the futility of both earthly ambitions and those that go beyond both physical and planetary restrictions.
For Mutinous Bodies, writer, performer and mixed media artist Hitchings has prepared three works entitled ‘Strange Loop’, ‘Even the Firmament’ and ‘Energy So Much’:
‘Strange Loop’ is a video showing the furious activity of vehicles coming and going along Italy’s Aurelia Bis road, accompanied by a score of meticulously edited recordings of cellist Roger Holtom, and a product of the artist’s recent residency in Bussanna Vecchia.
‘Even the Firmament’ offers a surreal multisensory interpretation of the aftermath of a school-disco, featuring a bass-heavy drone projected through speakers, and the scent of teenage body-spray hanging over fallen stars.
Accompanied by two images, the final piece ‘Energy So Much’ is a recording of the artist himself reading a text which tells of characters involved in strange events including out-of-body experiences, psychotic episodes, and hallucinations.
Giving form to the sense of longing for impossible transcendence, Mutinous Bodies invites you to experience fallen, broken things and failure.
Max Leonard Hitchings: Mutinous Bodies, 20 February - 22 March, Elevator Gallery - by appointment only.