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LS1 is delighted to be supporting the Unheimlich exhibition at the heart of the city in the Leeds Met Gallery.

Unheimlich - Leeds Met Gallery, Civic Quarter, Leeds, LS1 3HE

Preview - Thursday 17 April, 6-8pm

18th April – 17th May 2008

Unheimlich brings together the work of five artists whose practices have an interest in Freud’s notion of the ‘uncanny’ (unheimlich in the original German). Freud used this term to explain the phenomenon that occurs when ideas and feelings from childhood, which have become repressed in the adult, are suddenly re-awakened, and the familiar becomes ‘unheimlich’ or unhomely.

In Matt Lippiatt’s installations the creative products of a family household, expressed through personalised birthday cake decoration and teenage fan doodles, are juxtaposed with allusions to destructive behavioural patterns. The notion of artists as social outsiders, and the connection between genius and insanity is blurred.

The effect of sensory perception in defining our mental landscape is central to the work of Clara Ursitti. While ACE Helen Chadwick Fellow, Ursitti worked at the University of Oxford within the Department of Experimental Psychology to learn more about the senses, which inspired a new body of work. For Unheimlich, Ursitti will display a series of miniature porcelain figurines, frolicking with dolphins.

The realm of drawing perhaps holds the greatest potential to unsettle the viewer. Rachel Goodyear’s body of work captures glimpses of everyday life where something is not quite right. Burnt gateposts, abandoned clothing and violent images of wild birds and animals, force the viewer to pay more attention to their own experience of suburban life.

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Sculptor Stephen Bishop is concerned with the tensions between the natural world and the man made. He shows us a place where foxes are impaled on neon lights, squirrels are stuck in concrete blocks and young deer are curled around a concrete doll, creating a collision between these normally free spirited wildlife and the mundane materials of everyday life.

Pete Smith’s complex animated installations grow quite organically from memories of his childhood, and his experience of working in menial roles or on factory floors throughout his adult life. Smith creates mechanical surrogates of their human counterparts, or replicas of rooms, emotional spaces that held special significance to his psychological development.

The exhibition is curated by Matt Roberts, the Chairman of Matt Roberts Arts, a dynamic not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 to create opportunities for early career artists in new locations and new contexts.

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