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Massive Filter

16 December 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1 January 2017 @ 5:00 pm

An installation by Artist-in-Residence, Anthony Hawley

Opening: Friday 16 December 2016
Closing: Monday 2 January 2017
Venue: Space B (St James Cavalier)

 Anthony Hawley will be returning to Gozo to complete his island residency, which commenced last summer in July. A glimpse of his residency experience was gauged through a series of semi-abstracted, collage drawings, and audio-visual work presented in St James Cavalier.

In the two-week period between Friday 16 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017, Hawley will be displaying a new multimedia installation, Massive Filter, which filters through his past work, taking its title and primary concept  from a spam/junk email scam proffering money and goods in exchange for personal data and digits. Emails of this sort play sharply upon our desire for another life, promising exclusive access to rare deals or love. But at what cost? They guarantee access to one story by denying us our own. A “massive filter” (or a filter of any kind) erases certain details while allowing us to see others. Taking this as its point of departure, Hawley’s installation creates an environment exploring the idea of what gets lost, forgotten, what we try to hold on to and expunge.

In the exhibition, large double-sided drawings hang throughout the space like giant pages of a scrapbook. These surfaces function as both drawing and projection surface, collecting gestures, fragmented stories, outdated technologies and more. Videos in English and Maltese spill into each other creating a sense of auditory overload. Meanwhile throughout the space roam figures reminiscent of the Neolithic “fat lady” statuettes, acting as custodians or caretakers of all this information and data.  

American-born visual artist and writer Anthony Hawley is mostly engaged in the production of large-scale multimedia projects; painting and drawing; installations; performances; short films; writings on contemporary art; research and education for social and artistic change; as well as research and education surrounding color. He has also been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards from MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Art Farm, Arte Studio Ginistrelle, and VCCA, which includes the Artist-in-Residence exchange programme of Fondazzjoni Kreattività held last summer. His most recent project, “Fault Diagnosis,” was presented in April 2016 by CounterCurrent, the Menil Collection, and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. He currently teaches at the School of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Visiting Critic at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


16 December 2016 @ 9:00 am
1 January 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
356 21223200


Spazju Kreattiv


Cert All ages
Language English and Maltese
Creative Team Anthony Hawley (artist-in-residence)