St Paul st Gallery AUT

Past Exhibitions

Lance Pearce: While You're On Your Way

ST PAUL St Gallery Two

22 November 2019 - 7 December 2019

Lance Pearce, Fr Brian Keogh, Abbot at Kopua Monastery, has loaned out the bell used to call guests together for meals, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lance Pearce While You're On Your Way – exhibition text, list of works


While You’re On Your Way addresses questions around possible roles for the title that is given for an artwork — whether that title be indicative, descriptive, allusive, expansive, essential, essentialising, controlling, complicating, playful, distractive, elusive, unreliable, or otherwise more than simply a label. The title may play various simultaneous roles depending on the work and the spectator, and their context of encounter. Absence of a title may in itself speak volumes: of omission, refusal, or asserted silence. While a title is not separate from the work of art, questions arise not only about the distinct significance of any title, but also about titling as a category of literature that serves to provoke thought, feeling, imagination. A title inevitably establishes filters and seeds trajectories for feeling and thinking in response to a work of art—for how ‘meaning’ may emerge. Yet such meanings are never determining; a title might be a provocateur but should not become the comptroller. Sensory experience is not directly translatable, even if a title appears to signify summarily. Titles develop between language’s conventions and excesses, where different registers of meaning intersect and interact, and where perception unfolds between emerging, changing and proliferating possibilities: this being the work that the spectator brings to the work of art.


While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, While You're On Your Way (installation view), 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, Campbell’s canned soup bought in repetition, several times in different places, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, Campbell’s canned soup bought in repetition, several times in different places (detail), 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance Pearce

Lance Pearce, Campbell’s canned soup bought in repetition, several times in different places (left); Curtains de-installed in a Düsseldorf apartment during the solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 (right), 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, Curtains de-installed in a Düsseldorf apartment during the solar eclipse of 20 March 2015, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance Pearce

Lance Pearce, Curtains de-installed in a Düsseldorf apartment during the solar eclipse of 20 March 2015, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance Pearce

Lance Pearce, 180,000 hours of light (front); The Sun highlights the lack in each (mid right); A conductor’s baton inside a pillow (top) 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, 180,000 hours of light, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, Fr Brian Keogh, Abbott at Kopua Monastery, has loaned out the bell used to call guests together for meals, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance PearceLance Pearce, The Sun highlights the lack in each (left); A conductor’s baton inside a pillow (right), 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance Pearce

Lance Pearce, The Sun highlights the lack in each, 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett

While You're On Your Way, Lance Pearce

Lance Pearce,  Bathroom scales inside a pillow (left); The Sun highlights the lack in each (right), 2019. Photo courtesy of Sam Hartnett