The exhibition is intended to entice visitors to suspend their disbelief while confronting the constructed nature of staged events. The conflict between character and personality, stage and space, performance and anticipation will be manipulated. As a taster, Payton can be seen testing these boundaries in her earlier work, Dance#1.
Waiting For The Main Event is described as an exhibition in limbo in which visitors may feel themselves excluded from ‘the action.’ Curtains and drapery play a crucial role in developing a further sense of anticipation. Anyone visiting the gallery toilet and then re-entering the space may feel like Tommy Cooper taking three minutes to find his way to the front of the curtain, or Eric Morecambe looking for the key to get back behind it.
Waiting For The Main Event will coincide with Showzam!; Blackpool’s annual festival of circus, magic and new variety which will take place between 15 – 24 February 2013 at sites across the town as well as the annual Blackpool Magic Convention; the worlds largest magic convention which will take place from Friday 22nd through until Sunday 24th February 2013.
Catherine Payton graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Drawing and Painting BA (Hons) in 2009. She was selected as part of the Collective Gallery’s New Work Scotland Programme in 2010. Ongoing projects include writing talks and essays as part of the Edinburgh Psycho-Geography Association and a visual blog at catherinepayton.info/blog.
Waiting For The Main Event runs from 8 February to 2nd March 2013 at Supercollider, 59 Cookson Street.
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