William Benington Gallery, London presents "For Now We See Through a Glass, Darkly", a two-person exhibition featuring Amy Stephens and Mark Davey.
Amy Stephens and Mark Davey explore in their practices different elements of urban living. For Stephens it is our relationship with the physical world we have built for ourselves. How the architecture of our cities, in so many ways cold and lifeless, reflects the humanity of those who designed, built and inhabit them. Through her precise and often fragile sculptural assemblages Stephens traces a line between structural isolation and intimate connection. These themes of isolation and connection are continued in Davey's work, which explores how we relate to one another in an increasingly mechanical and digitised world. He uses the lexicon of industry – routed and polished steel, strip lights, cogs and cams – and through it expresses moments of tenderness or loneliness. In his sculpture "Master & Slave" a metal bar is thrust towards a hanging bulb, stopping with precision just as it kisses the glass – turns brightly on in this moment only to fade as the bar falls back away. For all of it's simple elegance, the piece gives the viewer a sense of frustration, there is an impotence to it's mechanical action; we want the bar to smash through the bulb, we want the arm to push the tube-light slightly further so it dashes to the floor. We want a climax.