24 November 2006

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has selected two North West based artists to exhibit work as part of the Artefact programme, allowing artwork to spill out of the galleries and into the FACT Bar.

As the UK's leading organisation for the development, support and exhbition of film, video and new media, FACT is delighted to be able to offer artists from the region the chance to display their work in a solo showcase. This year, 27 artists applied. The two finalists were chosen by a panel which includes FACT curatorial and front of house staff.

The first artist to exhibit will be Gavin Parry, a senior lecturer in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University. In Sick Buildings, Gavin displays images of familiar, yet altered buildings. To the naked eye they appear derelict, run down and graffitti ridden, but Gavin restores them to their former glory by digitally removing the impurities. Gavin says "The intention of the work is for it to touch on to the debate of where the photograph ends and the image begins". He continues, "It is as though the process of removing the superfluous in these images maps neatly on to the way the brain can so successfully filter out the inconsequential, the mundane and over familiar when we are engaged in the act of looking".

Sick Buildings will be exhibited in the FACT Bar from 15 December until March. For three months after that, Canadian artist Suzi Webster, who is based in Manchester, will occupy the same space with Users. Taking the results of five individuals' internet searches, controversially released by AOL earlier this year, Suzi builds up a person's identity through what almost looks like poetry. Describing Users as a "an exploration of identity" Suzi says, "As I was researching what people searched for, I became inspired by the poetic and narrative potential for these searches to provide an ephemeral portrait of somebody's fears, questions and desires".