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"Sub Rosa: Kerry Duggan, Michael Gough, Paul Hosking, Roger Kelly, Ben Woodeson, Sparks"
2005-03-11 until 2005-03-29
26 Tredegar Square
London, , UK United Kingdom

Six relative strangers have been invited to install art works in a house in Bow. Set in Tredegar Square, one of London's finest intact Georgian squares, this townhouse has recently gone through extensive renovation. The historic façade and 19th century fresco now mix with contemporary architecture and interior design. Exploring the relationships between public and private, interior and exterior, the six artists have installed work throughout the house, some choosing to work with the existing décor, others rubbing up against it.

Behind the front door, Sub Rosa (out of public view) intrudes on the living space of a family. These clandestine artists leave personal marks on an intimate setting, much like the child who sneaks into Mother's best room wearing muddy shoes.

Kerry Duggan's small and subtle interventions reverberate against the personal histories associated with this private abode. The collaborative art group Sparks brings a film shot in New York produced retrospectively after having created the soundtrack first, inverting the usual sequence of production.

Michael Gough's watercolour paintings infuse the office blocks he depicts with a fragile, melancholy, retrospective character, subverting the structural and financial might they represent.

Paul Hosking's tubular sculpture explodes from its temporary setting, the steel form that makes reference to an Eames coat rack resounds against the striking backdrop of the immediate environ.

Roger Kelly's linear pencil drawings reduce depictions of baroque interiors to complicated sequences of visual information, disguising their origins and treading the line between figuration and abstraction.

Ben Woodeson's work examines the role of basic technology through crude experimentation. Tapping magnets and microphones work together to challenge the relationship between the private and public domain.

The diverse mix of media and methodology across this group of six allows an exploration of individual practice within a domestic space while simultaneously testing the status of the art object within a private environment.

Ben Woodeson
Variable North
from Victoria Miro Warehouse, 2003.
Compasses and 15 Electro-magnets.
15 Electro-magnets attempted to turn the galleries magnetic field through 90 degrees. Compasses were given out as a means of both examining the work and attempting to navigate the gallery.

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