press release

Mark Hosking's sculptural work is often described through narrative. Objects, remade and transformed by the artist, are seen as the residues of scenarios of self-preservation and redemption from adverse and unexpected situations or disasters. Another dimension to Hosking's practice rebels against the fixed status assigned to objects within Western consumer society through challenging their former use-value.

At Lisson New Space Hosking continues this critique of commodity. A broken chair found on the streets of Paris is redeemed from its obsolescence and is transformed through meticulous labour: in a redemptive and absurd action, the artist uses telephone cabling wire to restore the original weave of the seat. The telephone remains connected both to the chair and the wall-socket so that its former use is not defeated but transformed: incoming calles can continue to be received throught the chair as a homogenised unit.

Along with the chair two works are exhibited in binary opposition to each other. A rope made out of city-worker's ties signals freedom and an improvised means of excape, while in Net/Gain/Loss, 2004, a net made out of extension cable is suspended from the ceiling and supports a TV monitor playing footage of a person caught.


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Mark Hosking
Kurator: Neil Robert Wenman mit Dan Graham