Dundee Contemporary Arts

There is an inherent difficulty, even an incongruity, in attempting to address such a potentially unmanageable topic as trauma within the confines of an exhibition. How can the orderly containment and presentation of a collection of artworks exemplify rupture and disfiguration? The decision by curators Katrina Brown, Fiona Bradley, and Andrew Nairne to restrict themselves to the space within the gallery walls, rather than let the work spill out into the surrounding environment, was largely dictated by the fact that this show is destined to travel. Yet their tightly orchestrated show of recent works by a dozen artists made the most of its intriguing internal echoes and rhymes, rhythmic disruptions and contrapuntal movements.

Martin Boyce’s Now I’ve Got Worry (Storage Unit), 1997, a beat-up Eames unit remade to incorporate makeshift signs redolent of the urban badlands, stood guard inside

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