and if a double decker bus...
a cumulative exhibition of 4 two-person shows, each one installed on top of the last...
When objects or documents are forced to exist within a stream of steadily increasing stuff, are they destined only to be compromised and their voice drowned out? Or, can they affect a transformation where their subservience and a surrounding chaos fosters new possibilities?
A certain irrational dialogue is created through accretion. Objects – which themselves are drawn from a polyglot and multilayered experience of the world – have the potential to behave in more than one way. As the context changes, so too does an object's reactive logic.
Surfeit, excess and abundance seem characteristic of a developed and comfortable life. But only when the abundance relates to some thing that has the potential to be consumed. If excess relates to something unwelcome – such as rising tides or spreading pestilence – too much quickly becomes intolerable. Even more benevolent surfeit - too much comfort - has the power to create anxiety or landfill.
and if a double decker bus… is a show that builds slowly and chaotically throughout its 5-week run using the loose categories: Studio matter, Virtual spaces, Domestic lives and Narratives. In week one, 2 artists will install works together. This exhibition will then be open to the public from Thursday through Saturday. In week two, 2 further artists arrive and install more works among the show made the previous week, which then opens to the public from Thursday through Saturday. This repeats two further times, and so by the final open period, there exists four 2-person shows installed on top of and among each other.
As the title suggests, this show understands collision as being a vehicle for release as much as it is for destruction.
2nd March – 4th March
(launch Thurs 2nd, 6-8pm)
Phillip Allen, Joe Packer
9th March – 11th March
(launch Thurs 9th, 6-8pm)
Alex Gene Morrison, Mark Siebert, Phillip Allen, Joe Packer
16th March – 18th March
(launch Thurs 16th, 6-8pm)
Helen Hayward, Seb Thomas, Alex Gene Morrison, Mark Siebert, Phillip Allen, Joe Packer
23rd March – 1st April
(launch Thurs 23rd, 6-8pm)
Alex Baker, Kit Poulson, Helen Hayward, Seb Thomas, Alex Gene Morrison, Mark Siebert, Phillip Allen, Joe Packer
with additional thanks to Wellcome Collection
Phillip Allen graduated in 1992 with an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and previously attended Kingston University, London (1990). Exhibitions include; Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2017, Tonic for Choice, The Approach, London, 2014, Oxblood, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2013, Capital P, The Approach, London, 2011, Paintings & Drawings, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 2007, and Phillip Allen: Recent Paintings, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, LongIsland City, New York. Phillip has work in public collections with Arts Council England, British Council, and the Tate (London, UK).
Alex Baker graduated in 2001 with an MFA in Fine Art Media from Slade School of Fine Art, London, and previously attended Middlesex University (1999). Exhibitions include; Return of the Nullifiers, Standpoint Gallery, London 2016 (with Kit Poulson & Ole Hagen), Qwaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset 2015 (with Kit Poulson), A Recurring Sequence of Events, St Augustine's Tower, London 2007, and Movement in D Minor, Jerwood Gallery, London 2001. Alex was awarded the Cocheme Artist Fellowship by Byam Shaw in 2010-2011, Chisenhale Dance Space Project Award in both 2002 (with Kit Poulson) and 2007 (with Marguerite Papazoglou) , and the Robert Ross Scholarship in 2001. He had completed residences at Orleans House and the National Physics Laboratory, London 2010, and Cleveland Institute of Art, USA 2003.
Helen Hayward graduated in 2016 with an MA in Visual Arts Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art, London, having previously completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University, London, and a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art. Recent group exhibitions include; Impression - Mount Fortress Corridor Museum of Macao, China, 2016, The Grandiose Defence, MA Visual Arts Printmaking, Camberwell College of Art, 2016, and 11 Minutes of Print, Peckham Springs, 2014. Helen recently completed a residency in collaboration with Seb Thomas at By Other Means, London; and was in 2016 awarded the Gwen May RE Student Award, the Bainbridge Studio Award, and the John Purcell Paper Award.
Alex Gene Morrison graduated in 2002 with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, and previously attended City and Guilds of London School of Art (2000). Exhibitions include; Same As It Ever Was, Charlie Smith, London, 2015, Isolation Room (Black Economy), Gallery Kit, St Louis, 2009, New Dawn, Chapter Gallery, Assembly Solo, Cardiff, 2008, Alex Gene Morrison: New Video Work, Moot, Nottingham, 2008, and Vile Lure, Rockwell Gallery, London, 2006. In 2016 Alex co-curated The Good The Bad and The Ugly (22 Painters) at Charlie Smith, London. Alex has been featured in publications such as Art Review, Art Forum, and Elephant Magazine, and was a Founder Member and Co-Curator of Rockwell Gallery and Studios, London.
Joe Packer graduated in 1994 with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, and previously attended Norwich School of Art (1992). Exhibitions include; Foule Parlement, Rye Creative Centre, East Sussex, 2015, Form/Function, Piccadilly Space, Manchester, 2013, The Perfect Nude, Charlie Smith, London, 2012, Interior States at Hotel Elephant, London, and Memorial Gallery, Hastings, 2011, and Ilgiardinio, Centro Culturale Paggeria, Italy, 2001. Joe was included in the John Moores Painting Prize in 2004 and was later shortlisted for the Celeste Art Prize in 2007.
Kit Poulson lives and works in London and Kent, having graduated from Middlesex University with a PhD in 2008, an MA in History in 1999, and a BA in Fine Art in 1990. Exhibitions include; Mutter, Chelsea Space 2017, Return of the Nullifiers, Standpoint Gallery, London 2016 (with Alex Baker & Ole Hagen), Qwaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset 2015 (with Alex Baker) After the Enlightenment, Exeter Pheonix, Exeter, 2013, Ice Cream Empires, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol, 2013, An Investigation into Truths Supernatural, GSK contemporary, Royal Academy, London, 2008, and Black Square; White Horse (with Alex Baker), Hartnett Gallery, Rochester, USA, 2008. Kit was included in the John Moores Painting Prize in 2008 and has completed residencies at Byam Shaw, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, and Chisenhale Dance Studio.
Mark Siebert graduated in 2004 from South Australian School of Art with a BA in Visual Arts. Recent exhibitions include; Our Apocalypse, Passen-gers, Artlicks Weekend, London 2016, Losers Walking Tour, Artlicks Weekend, London 2014, Pavement, ASC Bond House, London 2014, Losers, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia, 2013, Poetry and Paydays, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia, 2011, and 1 Million Dollars (V.1), Beijing Studio Centre, Beijing, China, 2010. Mark was awarded the Asialink Visual Arts Residency Award to Beijing in 2010, the Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Visual Artist Award in 2008, and the JC Wright Memorial Art prize in 2003. He has been featured in publications by the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2009, and Artlink Magazine, 2009. Mark has a number of music projects including playing drum machine, synths and voice in Clothes Horse.
Seb Thomas is a post-graduate student currently completing an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. He recently took part in Stage Stuck - a collaborative residency with Helen Hayward at By Other Means in Clapton. Other exhibitions include; New Work by Sebastian Thomas and Catherine Watson, Bus Stop Gallery, Oxford, 2014, Proposed Additions, OVADA Gallery, Oxford, 2013, and Real World Paper Kingdoms, The Old Fire Station, Oxford, 2012.