19th February – 14th March 2020
curated by Sean Morris
Following on from the success of ‘The White Room’ (2017), Sean Morris has returned to Stanley Street Gallery to curate his newest group exhibition, séance – fade to black. In séance, the use of tonality, though conversely, is again used as a thematic tool in this selection of works. Devoid of colour, the works curated into this exhibition herald form over function; presenting as dark enquiries into tone, texture and the paranormal.
A séance or seance (/ˈseɪ.ɑːns/) is an attempt to communicate with spirits. The word "séance" comes from the French word for "session", from the Old French seoir, "to sit". In French, the word's meaning is quite general: one may, for example, speak of "une séance de cinéma" ("a movie session"). In English, however, the word came to be used specifically for a meeting of people who are gathered to receive messages from ghosts or to listen to a spirit medium discourse with or relay messages from spirits. In modern English usage, participants need not be seated while engaged in a séance.
The term séance is used in a few different ways, and can refer to any of four different activities, each with its own social norms and conventions, its own favoured tools, and its own range of expected outcomes.
“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” ― Henry Ford
“Black is not sad. Bright colours are what depresses me. They’re so... empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.” ― Ann Demeulemeester