There’s a quality we’re trying to describe, I think it’s a quality. It’s something that some objects have but not only objects. Maybe all objects can have it if you just think about them the right way? It can be the description of a way of thinking about things. It has something to do with trying to look at and think of things at the edge of what you’re capable of, looking very closely, or trying to bend your mind around making tangible the gap between two and three dimensional things. Or between three dimensions and something else?
The thinnest thickness you can think. That’s the best description.
Something it is only just possible to think meaningfully about. Between how we convention- ally say that things are and how we imagine things that…
A kind of potential or prickliness about something. A very fine layer of excitability or reactiv- ity that’s sharp.
No, you’re right, it’s not a quality. I think there is an aesthetic or physical example of what we’re trying to describe which is a quality though – a fineness of matter or image that has a shimmer. Maybe it’s something you do, altering your evaluation of something, by paying a lot of attention to the ways of thinking about it that only just make sense. Like ‘colourless green thoughts’ – something that both is and isn’t sense, that both is and isn’t there, as you said ‘between’.
Anna Barham and Sarah Chilvers met at the Byam Shaw School of Art in 2003, when they were the first recipients of the Cocheme Fellowship. Barham and Chilvers have since continued their friendship and dialogue, sharing a sensibility and artistic approach. This will be the their first collaborative exhibition since 2003.
Anna Barham will be exhibiting in ‘Graphology’ at M KHA, Antwerp in June and with Bea McMahon at CCA, Glasgow in October. She lives and works in London.
Sarah Chilvers graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1995. She lives and works in Mid Wales.
With to thanks Niklas von Bartha at Bartha Contemporary.