Please Drive Slowly Through Our Village

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Please Drive Slowly Through Our Village
Curated by: Simon Willems

158 New Cavendish St
W1W 6YW London

July 8th, 2011 - August 7th, 2011
Opening: July 8th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

fitzrovia, bloomsbury
+44 (0)20 7436 8050
Wed - Sat 12pm - 6pm or by appointment


Please drive slowly through our villagebrings together a number of artists exploring the representation of ‘support’ and ‘structure’ as a failed, dysfunctional and collapsible proposition. Working within a paradoxical remit, they share the need to suggest an unworkable solution. Function and permanence becomes a misnomer, where the architectural model can be read as a licence to present its own shortcomings. What we are left with is a playful dynamic that recognises the value of vulnerability and failure as integral elements within a metaphorical and conceptual framework of making.

The familiar and the strange work in tandem here to confound any assumptions the viewer might place in the show’s logic and construction. A rack of climbing wall sections slumps pathetically in the corner, peppered with the garish grippings of a play-dough riot. An absurdist critique on a modernist agenda, we are forced to interrogate these works, as they map out a broken terrain of arrested development. The wry sentiment of the title creates a vacuum of burgeoning wit gently gathering pace. A skeletal assemblage of weathered picture frames reconfigured into a chair sits complete with a fractured portrait.

There is a tension between convenience and obsolescence in the various pieces: A bread castle, the clichéd ingredient of prison sculpture, killing time, spars out with the reversed re-enactment of a smashed iron, cast and documented with outmoded film and graphics. Please drive slowly through our village offers up an interesting trajectory, carving out a territory less concerned with airbrushed results than a leaking process.