Cedric Arnold


25 Jan - 31 Mar 2024

West Eden is pleased to announce Apopheniac, an exhibition of new work by Cedric Arnold. On view from January 25th through March 31st 2024, the exhibition follows highly regarded shows in Avignon (Maison Jean Villar) 2022, Paris (Biennale de l’image Tangible) 2023, Río de Janeiro Museu de Arte Moderna (Dobra film festival), 2023.

Arnold’s work begins with negatives from an earlier career as a photojournalist, appropriating the physical negative images and subverting their conventions through chemical and physical transformation. The altered and disappearing patterns in the photographic emulsion, blend moments together, re-script time and allow, through the flow of chemistry, for patterns to emerge where none might have ever existed.

The exhibition is titled Apopheniac, an invented word and condition derived from apophenia: the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas). In an often desperate need to ascribe meaning and form a linear timeline of our lives, our narrating selves fuse together seemingly disjoined moments. This need for meaning often blurs the lines between reality and fiction. From the perspective of logic these are inaccuracies, human errors, glitches. Yet, they are a necessary shortcut to navigate both our outer and inner worlds, our subjective realities, our traumas.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are Inadvertent Icon, 2020, and Apopheniac V, 2023; both pieces, by chance, pay homage to the master painters of the past.

Cedric Arnold (UK/France) started his career as a documentarian first in Belfast and London, before moving to South East Asia in 2001, where he worked with the likes of Time Magazine, Sunday Times, HBO, Washington Post amongst many others.

He combines his documentary background with experimental practices to explore themes relating to human perception of time, memory and reality, working with photography, immersive video and sound installations. His work has been exhibited internationally including Royal Ontario Museum, (Toronto, Canada), MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, (Antwerp, Belgium), Asia Culture Center, (Gwangju, South Korea), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) He lives and works in Bangkok.

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