in the North and South Galleries
4 May – 10 Jun, 2012
Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm; 18 & 19 May to 9 pm
Preview: Thurs 3 May 5 – 6 pm
Robin Blackledge reinvents domestic, functional consumer packaging as aesthetic consumer totems. Inspired by mass produced packaging products, Blackledge makes concrete casts from plastic food packaging, transforming purely functional objects into works of art. The resulting structures can be found in his studio, street settings, and the gallery at Phoenix Brighton.
Deborah Bowness‘s work bridges interior design and fine art. Papering the streets of Brighton with illusionistic wallpaper, Bowness creates a ‘paper trail’ across the city. These small and surprising trompe-l’œil interventions explore domestic displacement and investigate pictorial space using everyday and abandoned items.
Lebanese artist Helene Kazan presents a film and installation entitled Masking Tape Light Intervention: Lebanon 1989. Generated from a single photograph of the kitchen in a house where she once lived, Kazan has montaged 1680 images into a four-minute animation. Emerging out of a decisive point of conflict in Beirut in April 1989, the film superimposes politically charged images over a domestic setting, subverting our notions of home as ‘shelter’.
Caroline Le Breton, like Kazan, questions our assumptions about home being a secure haven. In doing so, she turns our attention to the wider reality of financial instability in an installation that injects our private feelings of unease into a public setting. Large carpets are cut into stencils and placed onto a lawn which faces Phoenix Brighton. The resulting message can be read in the grass and its counterpart appearing as an installation within the gallery.
The exhibitors discuss their work in the gallery. Free admission, no booking required.
Helene Kazan:Saturday 5 May, 5 pm
Caroline Le Breton: Thursday 10 May, 6:30 pm
Robin Blackledge:Thursday 17 May, 6:30 pm
Deborah Bowness:Thursday 24 May, 6:30 pm
HOUSE 2012 is curated by Guest Curator Celia Davies and Assistant Curator Clare Sheppeard.
HOUSE is conceived, produced and directed by Judy Stevens and Chris Lord.
HOUSE 2012 is funded by Arts Council England