Ceal Floyer’s third exhibition at 303 Gallery is both massive and minimal. The vast warehouse-like gallery features the magnitude and bareness to intensify the simplicity of Floyer's multimedia works. A soft buzzing sound permeates the space and becomes louder and more distinct as one approaches a collection of black speakers embedded into the wall. The installation, Line Busy (Us Version) , appears from the entrance as a simple horizontal line, but reveals itself to be loud speakers humming the sound of a telephone’s busy signal.
Each of the four installations occupy one wall, dramatizing each seemingly simple object and forcing the viewer to notice each one’s subtleties. A silver ladder, simply titled Ladder, leaning on one wall of the gallery, bares only the first and last steps and is therefore unusable. One wonders if this is in some way a nod to the notion that an object upon losing its utility becomes a work of art. The same thought comes to mind in the centerpiece of the exhibition, Page 8680 of 8680, reported by the gallery to be the height and shape of a pedestal upon which a sculpture would normally stand. However, like the ladder beside it, this pedestal gives the impression of solidity and purpose, yet has no function as it is made entirely of stacked sheets of paper. The realization of the works’ deceitfulness combined with the white noise of Line Busy leaves the viewer unsure of whether to explore the work further or to leave before something falls out of place.