Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th September, The Nunnery
Richard Cramp, Mark Selby and Joe Watling unveil a new installation and site specific work. The artists will be manipulating the gallery, housed in an historic building, into a series of architecturally re-configured spaces, questioning how we experience and perceive physical space through a variety of playful, disconcerting and humorous narratives.
By entering the exhibition, the viewer moves between the minimal intrusions of altered perspective offered by Joe Watling, seemingly emanating, deconstructing and cutting through the regulated cube of the gallery, then into Mark Selby’s dark, uncomfortable spaces containing objects suggesting both handmade technology and domesticity, before ascending tight stairways onto gantries that offer views of Richard Cramp's faux-utopias. There will be false walls, open rooms, enclosed spaces and layers of ‘new’ construction to the existing architecture.
In the Nunnery’s reconfigured state of fictional spaces, the viewer will be asked to relinquish any predetermined knowledge of how the space should operate, the rules that illicit safety, security and predictability. Instead, by returning to the state of a childlike adventurer and taking up the proposed physical ‘game’ offered by each artist, the viewer will question the permissiveness of interaction and move through a complex narrative.
As part of the project, the construction of the works will be available to view online via a live webcam feed (from 19th August) on the exhibition website www.comingoutofthewoodwork.co.uk - allowing the process of making to be revealed and experienced from the position of a distanced onlooker, in opposition to the physical experience of encounter.
There will be additional events on 2 September and 18 September.
Private View: Thursday 2nd September from 7pm to 9pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday 18th September from 2pm-4pm
Gallery open: Friday - Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Transport: nearest tube Bow Road, nearest DLR Bow Church