Stéphane Cauchy – Cascade
Fabrica, Brighton. Until the 29th August.
I’ve been making much more of an effort to engage with my local arts scene (I don’t like the word scene for some reason, but I suppose that’s what it is), and I’m slowly uncovering galleries and spaces bit by bit. London has somewhat a monopoly on art if you live Down South, and Brighton offers literally loads of things in and around the surrounding areas. Chichester has the Pallant House Gallery for instance, which I’m going to next week because I’ll actually get to see some Frida Kahlo. Tomorrow I’ll be trying my hand at being an Exhibition assistant at the Lighthouse Gallery on Kensington Street, I’ll give you some more information about that tomorrow. I’m not new to Fabrica, but I’m pretty new to Visual and Sound Art, so forgive my ignorance while I talk for a while.
For a piece that, at times, is essentially calm, there is incredible tension in Cauchy’s slowly filling silver pails. The chaos caused by a full bucket is preceded by this wonderfully strange game that the viewer is drawn into; an aim to find the next to fly back up into the rafters. Cauchy’s work suggests mortality, and with this, a meditation on the cyclical nature of death, as the buckets perpetually fill and release, to return after a series of releases.
I always love seeing the reactions of others to visual art, and Cauchy’s work triggered a series of interesting responses, some startled by the sudden splash of water, others deeply meditative. Some laughed and were interested more in the construction of the huge pulley system, some laughed and walked away. Fabrica is a wonderful space, and previously lived as a church, so the acoustics and wealth of light serve an enormous advantage to a piece like ‘Cascade’. I previously saw (or should I say heard) Janet Cardiff’s ‘Forty Part Motet’, and again, the gallery asserts as immense personality of peace, power and reflection.
I tried taking a video of ‘Cascade’ myself, to capture the movement of the buckets, but my camera’s phone is terrible. Here’s a nice video made by Fabrica instead:
(Click the terrible resolution photo to see exhibition details)