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Chimera: Nashashibi/Skaer

Image: Nashashibi/Skaer, Bear, 2021

Coming soon to Cooper Gallery, Chimera by Nashashibi/Skaer.

Cooper Gallery are delighted to present Chimera, an exhibition bringing together new and existing works by Nashashibi/Skaer – the joint practice of Turner Prize nominated artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer.

From the ancient Greek for a female goat, ‘chimera’ today refers to a beast or an idea composed of incongruous parts, an illusion or fabrication of the mind. The exhibition traverses art history, mythology and the cyclical nature of new life and new ideas. Fusion and slippages of meaning produce an associative and discursive mediation on transformation through which the chimera, a composite being that in its very form unsettles the possibility of an archetype, encourages us to doubt the dominance of the real.

At the heart of Chimera are three collaborative films which combine photographic images with musical composition, drawing and painting, skewing the images to form new experiences. The films – Our Magnolia (2009), Bear (2019) and Lamb (2021) – subtly examine different aspects of our perceptual universe.

Working in response to the architectural space of Cooper Gallery, Nashashibi/Skaer examine the nuances of each other’s artistic practice by choreographing collaborative films with prints and new solo works, bronze and stone sculpture from Lucy Skaer and painting by Rosalind Nashashibi, adding new meanings and destabilising the boundaries between the formal qualities inherent to each particular artwork and their respective practices.

Offering moments of serene contemplation and reverie, Chimera and its complex ambiguity implores us all to take note of the transformative potential that hovers among everything we see, hear and touch.

Fri 30 September – Thu 10 December 2022

Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
13 Perth Road

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