9 March – 21 April 2017
Tim A Shaw will be creating a site specific installation in the Perimeter Space. Viewable only through windows from the outside of the building, the space within will hold a timber frame ramp that reveals a narrow sanctuary containing light works, paintings and collages.Read More
12 January – 24 February 2017
Jack Otway’s ‘corpse-painted’ window panels will blacken the facade of the Griffin Gallery’s Perimeter Space in children’s face paint. Wobbly rendered sunken eyes will adorn the panels in rhythmic fashion exploring the cosmetic as an important site for meaning-making.
Otway is interested in the movement of extreme beliefs from subcultural periphery to the mainstream and how these are visually formulated and packaged for commercial or political means.Read More
24 November – 23 December 2016
Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space presents Mannequin curated by Karen David. Initiated this year with an inaugural exhibition presenting the work of Susan Sluglett and Fabian Peake, the Perimeter Space explores experimental projects in the periphery of the main Griffin Gallery.
The selected artists for Mannequin explore practices ranging from painting, film, performance, and site-specific installation whilst sharing common connections to ‘fabric’ as a medium. For this exhibition they have been given a singular rule to dress a mannequin in their own approach and interpretation.
In a ‘post-medium-specific’ age where the significance of medium is negotiated, Mannequin invites these artists to carry their own concerns through this exhibition premise; utilising a window-dressing-mannequin as their supporting structure or blank canvas. In Kosuth’s words the ‘essence of art’ morphs from medium to medium.
In 1974 Joseph Beuys, wearing his signature layer of felt, spent three days in a solitary space at the René Block Gallery, New York with a coyote in his now iconic performance I Like America and America Likes Me. For Beuys the medium of felt (alongside fat, sledges and walking sticks) reoccurs as a key material from his personal mythology. In a similar way Mannequin sees the artists presenting their own recognisable tropes; integrating found objects, consumer culture, the history of the figure and the politics of fashion, using their ‘visual shorthands’ to re-position our reading of these values and reinforce their own personal mythology.Read More
4 October – 18 November 2016
Positions, continues the dialogue begun in Perfume Island, first shown at New Greenham Arts, Berkshire; the site of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was established to protest for nuclear disarmament. Positions is accompanied by a newly commissioned poem Stone Curlew by Fabian Peake.
In this instalment at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, Sluglett presents a series of paintings as posters or placards that suggest the atmosphere of a protest that is either about to start or has just finished. The paintings here employ abbreviated chess themes as a ground. Part of the secret of winning chess is to realise when conventional values can be overturned and a sacrificial move can be made which will achieve victory. The war-like game of chess as a ground motif, is juxtaposed with peaceful, neutralising imagery of nature; such as plants or birds of various species.