Jorge Santos haunts Spike Island in Bristol

By Mark Sheerin | 12 August 2010
A wall across a darkened gallery with wallpaper projected onto it

(Above) Jorge Santos, Installation view from: the world appeared to her reflected by pure inwardness. Image © Diana R. Ferreira

Exhibition: Jorge Santos - the world appeared to her reflected by pure inwardness, Spike Island, Bristol, until September 26 2010

In a haunted house a ghost may walk through a wall. In a gallery occupied by Jorge Santos, the wall itself may be the ghost.

The Portuguese artist has put together a new show at Spike Island which brings domestic space into the space for art and outdoor architecture into the interior. It blurs boundaries.

A sculpture of a garden wall cuts across one of the rooms. The bricks themselves have been hollowed out and rendered permeable enough to pass through, at least with your gaze. An ivy pattern clings to the whole, giving the scene a ruined, poetic feel.

Elsewhere the modernist gallery is interrupted by the type of wall you might find in any home. It has a skirting board and wallpaper patterns. These are projected onto one side, where they alternate with shots of foliage. A soundtrack haunts the scene.

Meanwhile perimeter gates from the streets of Bristol have been faintly manifested in relief on sheets of dark paper. They cannot be closed, because they are not really there.

The artist developed his Spike Island show during a 2009 residency. Santos has filled all of the 8,000 sq ft of exhibition space with gestures that reach beyond it.

Open 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday. Admission free.

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