In spite of England’s second lockdown due to the pandemic, Savinder Bual: Ananas and the Flatfish has now gone on display at PEER. Conceived with the possibility of another temporary gallery closure, the exhibition is viewable and audible (via smartphone) through the gallery’s floor-to-ceiling windows onto Hoxton Street. The show runs until 23 January 2021.
Although the gallery doors must remain closed until 2 December at the earliest, visitors can still experience the two major artworks in the exhibition throughout lockdown. The first is the installation of Bual’s Pineapple Project, nine stringed instruments which are bow-activated to produce sound when fresh pineapple tops are spun over the strings. This QR code (below) allows viewers with smartphones to hear (and watch) the original orchestral performance which took place at Bristol’s Colston Hall in 2018. The work is accessible 24 hours a day.
The second work, Movements of a Flatfish, 2020 is projected onto the rest of the gallery windows. This looped flatfish film provides a quietly mesmeric presence on these dark winter evenings. The piece is activated on Mondays to Saturdays from 3-10pm during the lockdown period.
PEER, 97-99 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6QL Exhibition runs Now – 23rd January 2021
About the Artist
Savinder Bual has a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (1998) and an MA in Photography from The Royal College of Art London (2010). Solo exhibitions include Javasu featuring text works by Sarah Boulton, Caraboo Projects, Bristol (2019); The Drawing Center, New York (online, 2016); Pinjekan, Minories Gardens, Colchester (2015); Organism, iD TOWN, Shenzhen, China (2014); Ahmed and Carpenter Presents: Frogfullness, Rogue Project Space, Manchester (2013)
and Savinder Bual Flying Works, Little Victories Gallery, Shanghai (2013). Bual has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions across the UK including Standpoint, London; University of the West of England, Bristol; Bow Arts, London; Legion Projects, Glasbury, Wales and Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales. She has also taken part in a number of residencies and in 2020 was awarded a Jerwood Bursary and a-n Artist Bursary, she has also lectured and been involved in a number of talks and publications. www.savinderbual.com