n. pl.bound·a·ries Something that indicates a border or limit. The border or limit so indicated.
abuttals, ambit, barrier, beginning, border, borderland, borderline, bounds, brink, circumference, circumscription, compass, confines, demarcation, edge, end, environs, extent, extremity, frame, fringe, frontier, hem, horizon, limits, line, march, margin, mark, mere, mete, outline, outpost, pale, perimeter, periphery, precinct, purlieus, radius, rim, side, skirt, terminal, termination, terminus, verge
PERSONAL Who am I? Who do I want to be and why? What will it take?
Cindy Sherman – pushing the boundaries of Identity through the use of make-up, prosthetics, props and most importantly the quality of the photography.
Creating stereotypes, questioning assumptions, challenging values and asking questions. Who is in control? The model or photographer, whose values are being expressed? How is the image being interpreted?
Yasumasa Morimura – upsetting pre-conceptions, identity is fluid, a double take on familiar works.
Mariko Mori Playing wittily with images of feminity and cultural stereotyping. Challenging male responses in a deeply structured society.
Julian Opie – using body language, minimum of props and poses to create assumptions about identity. Critique of standardization and homogenized forms. Sexualizing pictograms.
Rebecca Horn – body extensions – playing with the physical boundaries of the body in a sculptural way.
Body extensions as tribal/ritualistic, as fashion and as a challenge to accepted social codes. Where are the boundaries of acceptability?
POLITICAL What do I believe? What do I know? What do I do?
Sebastiao Salgado – News from afar – timeless images of suffering and exploitation stretching the limits of our belief and acceptance.
With globalization there will be those who gain and those who lose out where are those political boundaries and how do we visualize them?
Whose world is it anyway? What about national boundaries and citizenship and responsibilities how do we visualize who we are and what we believe in. Salgado began life as an economist and his images are powerful statements of economic issues facing the world, they are statements of his beliefs his boundaries of acceptability.
What can we afford to lose, what do we have to keep, is it personal or is it political and how do we visualize our judgments, our decisions, what form should it take?
Edward Burtynsky – the new world, images of destruction and pollution.
Edward Burtynsky travels the world recording the destruction we create through our rapacious greed – his vision is of a world slowly being overwhelmed by our selfish gluttony. He has created a powerful global critique of consumerism and he warns us of the catastrophic consequences of our actions. His boundary is one of time – will we run out of time before we remedy our destructive ways.
Michael Najjar – the city with fluid boundaries, inside/outside, above and below, a city without walls, without boundaries a city of the mind perhaps?
Per Barclay Hard unforgiving containers with precisely defined inner spaces, functional, minimal and austere. Claustrophobic with clearly defined boundaries.
Sandy Skoglund Strange apocalyptic surreal view of the future in created environments. Subverting inner Spaces into the unexpected – Fantasy worlds.
FORMAL Which boundaries? Materials, methods or subject? Help or hindrance?
Richard Long – primal forms – less is more – each element counts.
Working with primal shapes and natural materials the formal rigour comes through the organization and acceptance of clearly defined boundaries, the clarity of the decisions.
Shapes are ordered and placed precisely in relationship to one another. The space they occupy is integral to the work and forms a conceptual boundary. Materials are chosen very carefully and comment specifically on the works location.
Cornelia Parker – ordering and re-making – witty re-imaginings pushing the boundaries of interpretation and belief. Making alchemical transformations by simple procedures which in turn make us see things differently. Is it the same object when flattened or does it become something else?
Objects are arranged carefully and float delicately just above the ground as though they have become unreal, ghostly.
An ordinary old garden shed was blown up and then carefully re-assembled to become something magical when lit from within as though at the point of explosion. The shadows and light are integral to the piece and the title suggests something elemental and timeless as though this might be a visual realization of the Big Bang or some other extraordinary planetary event. An ordinary old garden shed has become something wonderful and evocative all because of an explosion and the vision of the artist. Cold Dark Matter – Cornelia Parker
Ernesto Neto – each tube is filled with richly smelling herbs and spices which permeate the gallery, our sense of smell is tested provoking all kinds of organic associations when associated with the sculptural forms.
Richard Deacon – creating boundaries by using fluid organic forms – making wood flow like water. Issey Miyake – fluid boundaries as pleated silk cascades and also flows like water.
Joseph Cornell Mysterious boxes pushing the boundaries of our understanding – visual poems contained in prescribed forms, boxes. Containers holding secret worlds which suggest memories and vague recollections. Why are things ordered in this way? Why these objects? What are they trying to tell us? They are like the fragments of someone’s thinking without being able to see the whole thought. Props in an unwritten drama possibly?
Louise Nevelson Contained abstract worlds – 3d compositions – 3d collages bound in tightly to the constraints of the edge. Taut compartmentalized Compositions where rich evocative shapes are layered in thoughtful compositions. Sculptural assemblage made whole by the use of a single colour. Working from the outside in.
COMPARTMENTS Rules created and applied? Systems and order? Constraint or useful structure?
Adolph Gottlieb – Pictograms, primal shapes ordered within a loose grid. A visual language being created as the work progresses. Hieroglyphs of the subconscious.
Carol Robertson – oil paintings with rigorous rules being applied in order to retain a harmonious classical structure where all the parts are balanced Each part carefully relates to the whole and the edge.
Colour is carefully and intelligently considered – quantity and position are vital. Like a jigsaw puzzle each piece is locked into place, to move one would disrupt the others.
Michael Wolf – photographs of Hong Kong – fascinating compositions surround us every day as a whole or in detail, we just have to look. We all live in boundaries from the size of our room to the size of our apartment to the size of our building to the size of our estate to the size of our district to the size of our country to the size of our region etc. etc.
Frank Connet – textile pieces, woven, stitched and dyed, sometimes just changing the medium provokes questions as you subvert the values within that medium – an oil painting that looks like a batik etc.