Olivia Bax in Gallery 1
Steel, chicken wire, newspaper,
glue, paint, plaster
Monkey Cups, a new sculpture by Olivia Bax, took the premise of Three Works as a starting point. The sculpture consists of three vessel forms which hook on to one another. When assembled the weight of each part contributes to the balance of the sculpture. Bax is interested in structure and armatures. She endeavours to highlight these aspects in three-dimensional work, characterised by the intuitive gestures of sketching in the process of making. In this work the steel armature is not just structural but also a drawing. The covered areas create pockets of space. Her interest in the making-process prompts her to generate her own construction material. Thus the paper-pulped surface logs a record of the actions taken in making the work, accentuating the unique quality of each single entity. Her work carries instinctive gestures, using colour, form and texture to suggest an action or mood.
Milly Peck in Gallery 2
Painted steel and
emulsion on wood
358 x 286cm / 2018
Originally a pharmacy and also a newsagent and more recently a car parts centre, the previous commercial histories of the gallery's site act as the starting point for this work. A linear metal framework dissecting the gallery echoes the Victorian Neo-Classical cornicing in the exposed ceiling whilst garlands of fruit featured in the plaster mouldings overhead are graphically rendered below in a cartoonish recreation of a domestic supermarket scene. These interlocking frames encasing cropped sections of this imaginary scene nod towards the polyptych form often used in comic books where a character or characters move across a continuous scene broken up into multiple image panels.
Rafal Zajko in Gallery 3
Software I, II, III
Concrete, freehand embroidery,
plastic, moss, batteries, light bulbs
40 x 30cm / 2018
The very failure of artistic production is exemplified in this deceptively ambitious suite of works by Rafał Zajko. Sending embroidered instruction diagrams to Czech fabricators, his sculptures are the product of their interpretation of his ideas. Lost in translation, cracked in transit and fixed with glue, these pieces are a reminder that things fall apart. The museum-like setting of Gallery 3 evokes institutions like the British Museum and the role it plays in the conservation and interpretation of ancient global heritage.