Beth Campbell, Laura Letinsky, Laura Oldfield Ford, Courtney Smith, Jessica Stockholder, Amy Yoes
20 Jun - 26 Jul 2008 Hales Gallery is delighted to present Interior, a group show by six female artists. The exhibition focuses on the use of the enclosed, decorated space as a metaphor for a deeper probing of the thought process or an exploration of materiality.
Each artist has approached this in a unique and personal way through a range of media; stop motion animation, painting, diagrammatic drawing and sculpture.
Beth Campbell was born in Illinois and now lives and works in New York. Following Room, a recently completed site-specific installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art, consists of a series of multiples of a reading room in a grid of mirrored pairs. For this exhibition, Campbell shows several flow diagram drawings entitled My potential future based on present circumstances and a large related mobile piece It's largely unresolved. Each work explores Campbell's internalised thought processes and anxieties as a mental interior with the drawings acting rather like the mycelin of a fungus which occasionally throw up fruiting bodies in the form of sculptural manifestations.
Canadian born Laura Letinsky is well known in her adopted home city of Chicago for her seemingly accidental "table top" photographs of the remains of meals and domestic activity. Letinsky's elegant use of light and colour is reminiscent of the Golden Age Dutch and Flemish still life painting. The subject matter is contemporary and the metaphorical content is enigmatic.
Laura Oldfield-Ford lives and works in London. Her work consists of regularly published 'Zines' under the title of Savage Messiah which are formed from her drawings and texts. Also part of Oldfield-Ford's oeuvre are large-scale paintings in which she is the protagonist in a developing narrative based around her experiences of London's East End subcultures. Oldfield-Ford presents a painting which explores the dereliction of the soon to be transformed site for the 2012 Olympic Games. The area, with signs of recently abandoned domesticity such as sofas and TVs acts as a commentary on past interior spaces.
Courtney Smith began making a variety of sculpture with defunct wooden furniture whilst living in Brazil. Now residing in Williamsburg, New York she continues to reconfigure existing furniture and reinvent practical objects with paradoxical purposes. On this occasion she shows a screen made with wooden bricks, which in turn have been made by Smith from an elaborate and highly decorative piece of lacquered oriental furniture.
Jessica Stockholder is known for her assemblages of everyday objects. Born in Seattle and now living and working in New Haven, Connecticut, her work references cubist interior paintings from the early 20th century. Stockholder uses familiar household items in her pieces, in ways that disorientate the viewer's ordinary relationship with them. Untitled 1998 is made up of metallic flooring and mosaic tiles commonly found in washrooms, a light and other plastic household items.
Amy Yoes who was born in Chicago and now lives and works in New York, uses animated film to create odd roomscapes that metamorphose in to strange spaces that are reminiscent of the amazing Merzbau (1923-47) created by Kurt Schwitters.