This exhibition at Spike Island brings together multiple strands of the artist’s research and practice in an engaging and monumental exhibition that includes existing and new work. It is the artist’s largest exhibition to date and it lays bear much of Whipps’ working methodologies including in depth research and the archaeology of image and material.
This is not a photography exhibition but the history and methods of photography support and form the basis of much of the content. The process of setting an image, the photograph as document is presented against a world that is changing, where progress is made and new technologies and industries interupt. In the exhibition archival material, photographs and objects trace the histories of three types of stone. The exhibition grows out of years of research, includes works made over the last 10 years, alongside new works including a new film work that attempts to bring the strands together and act as the core.
The title Isle of Slingers, is Thomas Hardy’s name for the Isle of Portland in Dorset, a place of unique geology. His naming derives from sixteenth century accounts of the islander’s skill of slinging stones at strangers and visitors to keep them away from the island.