Crate presents Redthreadtrail Unravels April 2012

Crate presents Redthreadtrail Unravels April 2012

Private View Friday 12th April, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 13th April, 10.00am – 5.00pm

RED THREAD TRAIL is a collaborative exchange of practices using the Greek Myth of slaying the Minotaur in the Labyrinth as a metaphor for the realisation process of this group exhibition.

Red Thread Trail is brought to you by Nadja Andersson, Rachael Murray and Jennifer Wright. This exhibition is a result of three different journeys.

‘The red thread’ is the blog&;redthreadtrail.blogspot.com
The blog is an important part of the process. It is the route to Crate (our Minotaur) and back.

Rachael Murray’s paintings have a focus on the natural and urban landscape. Her works displayed engage the theme of location and dislocation, showing the contrast between two different Cities.

Nadja Andersson has focused on approaching the theme of mystical inner landscapes through painting and performance.

Jennifer Wright’s practice explores the use of narrative through a variety of media. At present she is concerned with Christian dialogue and symbols relating to current debate.

The story of the Minotaur is rich and complex, and it touches on psychology, philosophy, fantasy, passion and the power struggles of the gods and the sexes.

To understand the layers, and complex set of references of this story you have to follow the life of Queen Pasiphae of Crete, and her relationship with her all-powerful husband King Minos. The Minotaur was born of Pasiphae and a handsome Prince Bull.&;The Minotaur was kept locked away in a cave only reached by navigating a complex labyrinth. It was the custom to satisfy the needs of the hungry and savage bull/man by offering him a sacrifice of seven maidens and seven young men. The king of Athens decided that instead of sending weak men and women as was done before, he would send his own son Theseus. His difficult job was to slay the Minotaur. However, once in the labyrinth it was almost impossible to find the way out again. Princess Ariadne devised a cunning plan to save her love from a certain death. This involved a simple length of thread which Theseus could unravel as he navigated the labyrinth. By following the thread after he had slain the Minotaur he could find his way back into his world.

Supported by UCA.