14 Oct – 31 October 2020

Hold is an exhibition of moving and still image works by Deanna Dowling. An extension of her ongoing research into the architectural design and lifespans of domestic dwellings, this body of work explores the architectural detail of a small wooden joint peg collected from a demolished house in Tokyo.

Central to the installation are two moving image works that consider the material from different positions. Using research material collected while in Tokyo and micro CT scanning, the imagery slices through the layers of the wood to reveal cell structure, species and microorganisms present. Hold gestures to the possibility of revealing the potential movements of this small object before it was used in the construction of a house; a prompt to reconsider the relationships between materiality scale, form, historical facts and anecdotes attached to found objects.