Harry Meadley presented the third in an ongoing series of exhibitions, appropriating the traditional computer game format of ‘levels’ and inviting the viewer to assume the role of a player.
For LEVEL 3, Spike Island’s Test Space was painted to resemble a section of the multiplayer ‘Archives’ level from Goldeneye (Nintendo 64), and the almost identical hallways of a rehabilitation clinic for teenagers addicted to online multiplayer games, as seen in the BBC Storyville documentary ‘Web Junkies – China’s Addicted Teens’. Multiple works littered the space, taking the form of either puzzles or hints.
Test Space is programmed by studio holders based at Spike Island and offers artists a chance to exhibit new works and test ideas. Artists from within the Spike Island community and beyond are included.
Harry Meadley (b.1987) is an artist based in Leeds. Solo shows include LEVEL 2, Cactus, Liverpool; LEVEL 1, Paradise Row, London; Play It as It Lies, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; and Stay Gold, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. Recent group shows include Cheese Cube, Toast, Manchester; £1 FISH, S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds; Emotional Resources, NGCA, Sunderland; Form: Perform: Reform, Generator Projects, Dundee; The Panj Piare ASSEMBLE, Grand Union, Birmingham; Day Release, The Northern Charter, Newcastle; and Code Duello, Loods 6, Amsterdam.