New works from Will Sweeney will be showcased at Lazydog in Paris opening on the 1st of April 2010. Entitled ‘As ABove So Below’ the show will encompass a visual narrative based on a series of randomly selected photographs from Sweeney’s collection of National Geographic Magazine, dating between 1940 and the present day. The idea was to take visual motifs from a version of the real world and push them into the realm of the subconscious, a kind of dream generator.
Using a random number generating website Will Sweeney created a series of numbers. Each series became a month, year and page number, which were then cross referenced with a corresponding magazine.
The first image that came up was from an article describing an archeological dig at a Corsican pagan tomb, the second a photograph of temple street market in Hong Kong, other references came up with pages of text which would then be fixed upon a phrase or name which conjured up an interesting image – such as ‘ an unfinished castle, upon an island or an animal shedding it’s skin.
The theme of crossing dimensions and of an event happening simultaneously across the world emerged. The title comes from medieval hermetic philosophy, and relates to the alchemical relationship between microcosm (the body) and macrocosm (the universe).
The show will also coincide with the release of Will Sweeney’s new book that he has published with Nieves. ‘As Above SO Below’ will be on show through to the 8th May 2010.
See details below.