Decipher at Surface Gallery


Entering the Decipher exhibition at Surface Gallery is more like stepping into a landscape than a white cube gallery. The expansive space reveals a patchwork of environmental settings, with soil and sand filling the ground, an urban wall snaking through the space, and an imposing 7ft scarecrow watching gallery visitors mingle. The landscape is an intriguing mismatch, somewhat reflecting the diversity of artists and their cultural backgrounds being represented in the exhibition.

Decipher features artists from across the globe who all have links to Nottingham Trent University. The exhibition was conceived as a collaborative experiment where the five exhibiting artists exchanged texts belonging to their unique cultural backgrounds and then created an artwork to reflect their interpretation. Despite the vast array of subjects, approaches, and aesthetics, the exhibition is a thoughtful enquiry into the coexistence of landscape and identity. It urges visitors to decipher an unsolvable question; how can we…

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