At War with the Mystics.



War with the Mystics.

5th-27th May 2007 

    '...So that the world and space seemed to be the mirror one of the other both minutely storied in hieroglyphs and ideograms, and each of them could equally well be or not be a sign: a calcareous concretion on basalt, a ridge raised by the wind on the coagulated sand of the desert, the arrangement of the eyes in the feathers of a peacock (living in the midst of signs had very slowly brought us to see as so many signs the innumerable things that had at first been there without indicating anything but there own presence, it had transformed them into signs of themselves, and had added them to the series of signs deliberately made by whoever wanted to make a sign)...'

Italo Calvino from 'Cosmicomics'

Francis Hair Fashions Gallery presents a show of science fiction in response to the idea that we are no longer sure what this notion is. Inside space, outside space, a political and emotional space... outer space seems to be here on earth, the 'mirror' a mirage of ourselves. It is somehow succinct, it is unsure, it is real, it is unreal, and it is a perfection that some how takes on the human contradiction.


'On a another level, the immediate personal environment, the volumes of space enclosed by your enclosed hands, the geometry of your postures, the time contained in this office, the angles between these walls. On a third level,the inner world of the psyche. Where these planes intersect, images are born, some kind of valid reality begins to assert itself'

JG Ballard from 'The Atrocity Exhibition'

John Wild presents a 50Mhz - 6000Mhz geography that explores unrecognisable trans-communications, digging deep into our fears about the idea of what can and can’t be broadcast. Wild is a performance artist who will attempt to communicate with 'the unknown' in the environment around the gallery

Rui Matsunaga gives us visually painted fantasies reminiscent of the writer Haruki Murakami. Here we are in a science fiction that is retrospective and forward looking at same time. What is important about her work is the spiral of symbolism. A sort of mortal science fiction coil.

Lucy Joyce on the subject of this mortal coil would have 743 black balloons floating around your hair. This work is about memory as an important procession of the ephemeral. There is perhaps, no perfect landfill.                                                

Neil Stewart again gives us that flicker of light. A swap between existence and nothing at all. His video work operates on subtle levels and offers us strange and sometimes sublime future-scapes 

Olly Beck explores symbolism and signs as a future wreck. His painting is a form of writing that studies how we read and construct things and his work is suggestive of computer games and pixelation.  

Roger Healy-Dilkes plasterboard cloudscapes navigate the notion of 'Nephlokokkygia', Aristophanes futuristic vision of a city in the clouds, touching on the Japanese idea of 'Floating Worlds'.   

Reto Schieber explores ideas of the religious through his films resulting in something monumental and at the same time something beautiful. The artist pays strict attention to notions of light as a possible gateway to other dimensions. 


'Perhaps science fiction from the cybernetic and hyper real era can only exhaust itself, in its artificial resurrection of "historical" worlds, can only try to reconstruct in vitro, down to the smallest details, the perimeters of a prior world, the events, the people, the ideologies of the past, emptied of meaning, of their original process, but hallucinatory with retrospective truth. Thus in 'Simulacra' by Philip K Dick, the war of Secession. Gigantic hologram in three dimensions, in which fiction will never again be a mirror held toward the future, but a desperate rehallucination of the past.'


Jean Baudrillard from 'Simulacra and Simulation'

'One more experiment...'

Quote from Andrei Tarkovsky's film 'Stalker'


Performance and Private View : - Saturday 5th May 6-9pm.

Francis Hair Fashions Gallery
87 Nightingale Lane
South Clapham
London SW12 8NW