Coming Out of the Woodwork will bring together three artists who similarly identify with the exploration of architectural space in its formation and perception as a key component to their practice. The Nunnery, as a gallery space and its associated architecture, will be reformed through a series of new installations and constructions. Each artist approaches new ways of engaging the viewer beyond a ‘static’ looking experience; encouraging and questioning physicality through the experience of their work.
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 - 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.
The concern of physicality, both in the performative act of construction and as a form of communication with the viewer, will make for an exhibition that reads as a playful, disconcerting and humorous.
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 function/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.
Private view / Time Out First Thursday:
Thursday 2 September 7-9.30pm
Saturday 18 September 2pm
Exhibition open: Friday - Sunday 1-5pm
Exhibition and events are free.
The exhibition and associated events will take place at The Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ (nearest tube Bow Road and DLR Bow Church).