Image: Ruth Eckland


The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.

Image: Ellen Jantzen

Beck Howson

Birmingham, UK

‘Do not Bend’
'Fragile 1'
'Fragile 2'
'Fragile 3'
'Please do not crush'
'This side up'

Processes: screenprint, stencil, letterpress printing and rub down transfer type techniques developed to create these pieces.

Typography and printed postage ephemera form an exploration the subject of being lost. Text has been re-appropriated using cut and paste techniques to change the context of the messages and create new meanings for functional slogans. The messages now form a visual language that communicates a want, a need and hope.