As I entered the TinType gallery space through the back-door of the KALEID gallery I was immersed in darkness and the sound of many slide projectors whirring and clunking away in an offbeat chorus. As I moved into the centre of the room I could see large scale post-it notes projected on every wall; changing every few seconds; a dance of yellow squares on darkened walls. Trying to keep up with every change involved almost constant spinning around on my heels so that was soon abandoned and I settled for watching two at a time. To-Do lists, notes to self, thank yous, sorrys, goodbyes, phone numbers and unintelligible scrawls; they are all there throughout the post-it archive. Mainly that traditional yellow but occasional oranges, pinks and greens; some have clearly been dropped on the floor or stuffed into pockets, corners turned up to expose the dirt collected by the gummy strip. This collection of ephemeral notes are strangely compelling to read.
I love the way Williamson has used the slide projector as a way of displaying a selection of his archive, I feel that it works extremely well as a form of display, especially as this is an exhibition of a collection. I find this exhibition exciting but also perhaps lacking a certain tactile quality I yearn for as a fellow collector of ephemeral material. I was glad to see that there was a catalogue available with a some essays and a selection of images of the post-its arranged pleasingly on a few pages, but I would have liked to have seen more of the archive itself; for a show about post-it notes there wasn't an actual post-it to be seen. Perhaps this was the artist's intention; to convert the ephemeral quality of the paper note into an archived transparency which could last for up to 200 years, but for an artist who captures narratives I would have liked to have seen the sequential history of this post-it note archive.