Yesterday, for a moment, the Sun broke through the clouds

The title describes both the conditions in which the work becomes visible and a reference to a moment of clarity, when thoughts become clear, and imagination transcends the physical world.

Part of OSR Projects Palaces & Cabins exhibition this work playfully explored the traditions and architecture of Salisbury Arts Centre, a former church building, using a hidden smoke machine operated by front of house staff when the sun shines; igniting a cloud of fog that is coloured by light passing through the stained glass windows.

This architectural installation is bound by contradictions. From creating fog in a search for clarity and turning the smoke alarms off to produce an effect as if the building is on fire, to the presentation of an event that is part of the visual art programme that visitors would not have seen if the sun didn’t shine.

Light spilling into the corridor exhibition space is not something new to those familiar with Salisbury Arts Centre, it becomes part of whatever is displayed on the walls, the beautiful, but somewhat unwelcome guest. This wouldn’t happen in a white cube exhibition space where blinds would be drawn and light levels would be controlled, but in the context of an Art Centre that presents visitors with multi- functional spaces where visual and performing arts, box office, corridor and café overlap, the space becomes more permeable, less controlled.

By using the building as both the container and co-author of the work there is an attempt to capture the light in the void, drawing visitors eyes up into the overlooked nooks and crannies of the building. An unscheduled event that disappears as quickly as it appears.