A Chichester resident and photography devotee, Anthony Morelli (b. 1992) works in miniature and meticulously sculpts his ideas down to find their essence. His work is therefore deceptively simple, lapidary, and works on a visceral level as well as being able to carry a more cerebral description. Morelli’s piece examines the concrete/imaginary problem of obstacles. Three cloth screens are suspended from lines near the ceiling, each of which has a different relatively static image projected onto it. The images are of concrete, everyday objects, but moving, shot as detailed, hyper-real studies in light and shadow. Their apparent solidity and reality (and thus their threat as obstacles to the observer) is at odds with their existence as purely visual or ideal phenomena. The viewer must thus confront these images by literally brushing them aside, or remain transfixed by their imagined corporeality.
In conceiving his installation, Morelli says the idea would be to hang these screens in a heavily traveled area so that people would be forced to actually walk around and through the images.