This Inferior Mirage is Sebastian Jefford’s second solo show to date, and marks an interesting development from the body of work that made up Records of Garden Keeping, presented last year at Works|Projects, Bristol’s only commercial contemporary art gallery. Cactus, the Liverpool-based gallery presenting This Inferior Mirage, is situated within The Royal Standard’s newly extended wing of studio spaces, and represents it’s inaugural exhibition. It feels a serendipitous sighting for This Inferior Mirage to be shown in Cactus, and not purely for the nominative association. The space has been painted a sandy peach colour, with the floor laid in vinyl patterned like a tight grey and light yellow marble, the two together making for an almost cartoon representation of an arid landscape housing Jefford’s sculptural works.
Cactus has a large row of windows along one side of the gallery space, looking out on a skyline of dilapidated, sometimes squatted industrial brick buildings, and then further out the jutting specks of metallic office-blocks or flats. The end of one era and the probable death-throws of another filter through into the space of the work, an establishing shot, or prologue of sorts.