Unlikely worlds and unlikely characters are on display in these works from Michael Hight, Richard Orjis and Gary Waldrom. Each artist mines the stuff that dreams are made of, presenting their versions of alternate realities.
Michael Hight presents tableaux of familiar objects and landscapes set against a stark background. Devoid of context, the relationships between each is ‘hidden in plain sight’, leaving the viewer to construct the background to each work.
The carefully manipulated photographs of Richard Orjis reveal simultaneous visions of decadence and decay. Bed In recalls Ono and Lennon’s 1969 anti-war protests, but the protagonists Orjis portrays are made of gold and bedecked with jewels, their message one of conspicuous consumption rather than world peace.
Undermining the ‘facts’ of place, time and history, Gary Waldrom’s landscapes are peopled with characters that are at once unnerving and strangely comical. They inhabit a twilight world, betwixt and between the boundaries of everyday life, at once familiar but eerily unreal.