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11 Mar 2020

Psychotropics

New Art Centre, Roche Court

Reviewed by William Corwin

Curator Iwona Blazwick corrals a host of concepts - technologically enhanced art, psychedelics, and environmental concern - in this vibrant group show. The surfaces are inscrutable, iridescent, glowing, furry, and plasmatic, but nothing that blows out the retina and much that soothes it via innovations of materiality.

Dan Perfect's bustling canvasses teem with Petri-dish-like assemblages of trembling, blurry forms. Salvatore Arancio is on a similar tack with frenetic, gnarled, glossy clay pieces slipping from behind fluorescent glass screens.

Amy Stephens employs a fuzz like a leaf's underside, but one that comes in cheekily artificial purple. Her fragments of sticks oscillate between natural and metallic textures. Jonathan Trayte's powdery stalactites and stalagmites, festooned with neon strips and bulbs and set on carpeted plinths, proclaim a retro future, while Alice Channer's installations offer a sharper, more threatening one.

"Psychotropics" is a relief. The artists don't take refuge in technology because they have seen the future in themselves.

Exhibition Psychotropics link
Start date 25 Jan 2020
End date 22 Mar 2020 (17 days ago)
Presenter New Art Centre link
Venue Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, GBR map
Image Dan Perfect, Desert of Ice, 2019, courtesy of the New Art Centre
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