press release

The built environment is the landscape which we all occupy, and although architecture has the illusion of permanence, our relationship to it is fluid and often uneasy. It can inspire awe through its spectacle, or be the backdrop to real or cinematic narratives: crime, romance, consumerism, work, recreation. Its hinterland divides the urban from the ‘natural’, while both the picturesque and the sublime are able to transgress this border. Its architecture inscribes different zones: public – private, internal – external, state – corporate, each either displays their function, or conceals it through a variety of stylistic codes and references.

With these sites we experience complex psychological responses, sometimes extreme and often contradictory. There is an accumulation of history, re-animated for the present, while the present lacks stability, slipping back into the historical narrative from which it emerged. Within this, like a soap opera, lie individual stories, human exchanges. It is this space between the human and the architectural that the artists in this exhibition explore. They reveal a social and economic disquiet, as architecture and its contents represents our insecurities and fears, as much as our hopes and aspirations. As the human presence here is inferred rather than portrayed, we are left with a landscape of absence and boredom, while fascination is found in the banal and insignificant.

Tom Dale / Tobi Deeson / Richard Ducker / David Fusco / Kathleen Herbert Roger Kelly / John Lucas / Alastair Mackie / Clare Gasson Stewart Gough & Tom Ormond / Lee Maelzer / Gaia Persico Stephen Setford / Colin Smith / Amikam Toren


Curated by Richard Ducker

Tom Dale, Tobi Deeson, Richard Ducker, David Fusco, Clare Gasson, Stewart Gough & Tom Ormond, Kathleen Herbert, Roger Kelly, John Lucas, Alastair Mackie, Lee Maelzer , Gaia Persico , Stephen Setford, Colin Smith, Amikam Toren