Housed in a Georgian mansion, its private gardens and parkland, the Biennial adheres closely to the theme ‘Flights of Fancy’. Of the Biennial’s curatorial practice, curators Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan of Parabola described that ‘We have always been at pains to commission artists from a range of backgrounds to create work that challenges and surprises audiences, and to do this in a way that doesn’t alienate our visitors, we develop a strong curatorial rationale, with outreach work, signage, guides and audio tours that can discuss complex work and its inspirations in a manner that welcomes (rather than repels) new audiences’.
The trio of Manchester and Glagow-based artists who comprise Brass Art created a three-dimensional inflatable sculpture of a seven metre-long head titled Trine Messenger. Inspired by classical images of the god of sleep, the Surrealist work is situated on an inaccessible patch of grass on the far side of a small pond. Brass Art developed the contours of the sculpture’s face based upon a series of biomedical facial scans and used these blueprints to create a three-dimensional sculpture.