Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce an installation of sculpture and photographs by Dane Mitchell. Mitchell’s practice is concerned with manifesting the physical properties of the incorporeal. Through the use of scent, spells and shamans, his work channels invisible forces into concrete forms, coupling spiritual tendencies with minimalism and conceptualism. In this exhibition Mitchell presents a highly-polished three-dimensional Venn diagram: one ring is engraved “dusk,” the other “dawn.” The intersection represents an unknowable space between these two states. On the floor, four polished brass corners demarcate the space of a trapezoid. This “empty” space, intimated by the corners, becomes activated by “Sleep Architecture Scatter Piece” – the scattering of a sleeping aid within the interior space of the floor sculpture. On the walls Mitchell presents a series of six photographic prints. Taken on a microscopic camera, each contains a single piece of rheum or “sleep,” the unconscious material produced by the body that gathers in the corner of the eye during sleep.
Mitchell (Auckland, New Zealand, 1976) lives and works in Auckland. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) and Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2011). His work has been included in exhibitions worldwide such as the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2012); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); and Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2010).