10 October 2012 - 9 December 2012
Transformation of a dilapidated Georgian House in Marylebone.
with work by six of today’s most outstanding contemporary artists.
CHARLIE BILLINGHAM, NINNA BOHN PEDERSEN, CHRISTIE BROWN,
MIMI JOUNG, JULIETTE LOSQ, and TOM WOLSELEY
The inspiration for our first show in Manchester St is drawn from a sense of the atmosphere of this abandoned building. It has been residential since the time the area was built in the late Georgian/Regency period. Structurally it retains its history but its surface has been consistently altered. Now it becomes a space for 6 artists to invent other rooms in the remainder of the existing interiors.
Charlie Billingham is in his third year of an MA at Royal Academy Schools. His exuberant work refers to the period of expansion and decadence, which define the early years of this building. He covers the walls with a block print, over which hang humorous screenprints and oil paintings, drawn from etchings of 19th century Regents Park dandies by George Cruickshank. This layering of images in collision produces a vibrant experience for the eye and intellect.
Ninna Bohn Pedersen
Born in Denmark, Ninna lives and works in London. She graduated from the Slade with an MA in 2012 having won the Adrian Carruthers studio award for excellence. Her work consists of video, film, objects, fabrics, lights, wood, silk, paper, wire etc focusing on everyday objects and gestures. Using a variety of moving images combined with the notion of stillness, and including unexpected props and other technologies she builds her own personal filmic language.
Christie Brown is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster where the broadening of agendas and interdisciplinary dialogues are the main focus. Here in this exhibition, mystery and humour combine in ‘The uncanny playroom’ consisting of a cast of fictional otherworldly characters, created from clay and other fabrics. We construct our own plot from the way she sets the scene …..They may come to life when you are out of the room…. ….
Mimi Joung, originally from Korea, gained her Masters at the Royal College of Art and is currently based in London. She focuses on issues of "Displacement", with objects addressing a wider discourse, beyond origin and usage. Her work is installation, a rich confusion of the decorative and refined domestic, using familiar porcelain, glass and found everyday objects, in a surreal construction. This claustrophobic theatrical experience is produced by an individual perspective from another culture
Losq's fading interiors and liminal landscapes hover at the edges of the symbolic ‘Clearing’, alluding to the English 'Gothic' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The paintings and drawings, embrace domestic furniture and use shifts in scale to evoke an uncertain world in which the strange can coexist with the mundane. The fireplace she installs here adds yet another theatrical layer and her drawings obscure the existing interior to create a new complex and intriguing narrative.
Tom Wolseley’s film shows a continuous slow tracking shot through the house in which he surveys details in the rooms, while recounting stories. The absorbing effect of projecting the building onto itself, is to slow down and direct the viewing experience. His resonant voice quality, makes a soundtrack of a personal but unemotional narrative. As he explores the texture and history of the place, he relates his own thoughts and verbally re-enacts the relationship between identity and identification, self and object.
Opening Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 - 18:00