Maurice Carlin

Trace Elements: The Work of Maurice Carlin

Trace Elements: The Work of Maurice Carlin

Philip Auslander, 2013

Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery to coincide with Maurice Carlin: First… Next… Then… Finally… 8 Feb – 17 Feb 2013

Shreds of an old poster on a wall. Discarded pages left behind at the copy shop. The imprint of a knee on a soft surface. The texture of asphalt on the high street. The transient, flickering images on a television screen. Things not meant to last. Things that have almost disappeared. Things not meant to be noticed in the first place. Things pretty much forgotten. These are among the traces to which Maurice Carlin draws our attention, like ghostly deleted files on a hard drive that have been marked to be overwritten but are still accessible.

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Frieze Review: Maurice Carlin, Castlefield Gallery

Frieze Review: Maurice Carlin, Castlefield Gallery

Carol Huston, March 2013

Maurice Carlin

Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK

Developed over the last 18 months, the work shown at Carlin’s solo show at Castlefield Gallery was loosely constructed as a response to Umberto Eco’s 1985 definition of ‘crisis’: a ‘moment of transition in which something that held before doesn’t hold any longer and there is not yet something new’. The Manchester-based artist’s practice addresses the wobbly bits of a society that doesn’t know what to do with the failure of institutions or how to deal with it.

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