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Commission announced for artist at Oriel Davies Gallery

Created on 04/01/2018 @ 18:52
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Newtown’s Oriel Davies Gallery has announced the development of a new commission by Cardiff-based artist Freya Dooley.
The commission is part five of the Litmus programme for early career artists based in Wales and the Welsh Borders to research, develop and present new work at Oriel Davies.
The exhibition ‘Speakable Things’ will be showing at the gallery from February 10 to April 11.
Dooley works with writing, moving image, sound and performance. Her work combines literary and pop culture references to create fragmented monologues, soundtracks and auto/biographical semi-fictions.
She is interested in the voice as something in-between inside and outside, sound and language, thought and body.
For this Litmus commission, she explores the voice in relation to control and desire and reflects on the multi-layered narratives of the Greek Mythological figure of Echo as a starting point.
Using the Litmus space at Oriel Davies as an intimate container for a new moving image and sound installation, Dooley connects mythology, pop music, opera, television, ‘guilty pleasure’ and classic cinema in a fragmented visual essay.
Meandering between lip-syncs and landscapes, song and speech, melody and cacophony, the lyrical narratives in ‘Speakable Things’ explore the loss, leakage and leverage of the voice.
Later this year, she will undertake a time and space residency at Metal, Southend on Sea to develop parts of the Litmus work.
Building on the legacy of Oriel Davies’ previous initiatives – ‘TestBed‘ and ‘In Focus’ - Litmus is an exhibition and development programme offering curatorial and practical support for five early career artists based in Wales and the Welsh Borders.
Oriel Davies is a contemporary art gallery showing ground-breaking national and international art and craft. The gallery originates and presents around 10 exhibitions a year, across three gallery spaces, ranging from major exhibitions selected from national collections through to new work by established artists and more experimental work by emerging artists in the Litmus programme.
The gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. Oriel Davies receives funding from Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.
Picture caption:
Freya Dooley.

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