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"Fruits of the Palette: Neil Zakiewicz"
2007-04-21 until 2007-05-13
Gone Tomorrow Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

The Gone Tomorrow Gallery presents new sculptural work by Goldsmiths graduate Neil Zakiewicz, exploring a humorous mix of high-art pomp, mixed with vernacular objects and craft, in a new show opening Friday 20th April 2007. The exhibition is packed with the familiar accoutrements of pub interiors – a barstool, drinking vessels, an electric guitar, matchsticks and cigarettes – all crafted to monumental scales and bizarre re-configurations. Zakiewicz creates sculptures that could resemble the hallucinations of a fictional painter during an epic drinking session at the pub.

“Pub Plinth” (2006) is a twice life-size barstool fabricated in wood and leatherette upholstery, with a giant head, carved from upholstery foam, ripping through the seat. “Quitter” (2006) also re-imagines the tradition of displaying sculptures on a plinth, by featuring a figure constructed from huge matchsticks walking atop a plinth that looks to be an impossibly mammoth up-ended cigarette butt.

Zakiewicz also shows “Fruits of the Palette” (2007), a hand-made electric guitar in the shape of an oversized artist’s palette and paintbrush. The guitar is switched on, plugged into a stretched canvas/amp hanging on the wall, and will be played during the exhibition opening. Gallery visitors are also able to strum the guitar.

“For all their attacks on artistic traditions, there is a real sense of joy in the act of creation within these works. What the exhibition disparages are the trappings of creativity, the simple act of making is celebrated.” David Barrett, Art Monthly 2006 - review of Neil Zakiewicz’s “Monumental” exhibition.

This exhibition will be the first time interactive sculpture is displayed in the space, and continues a commitment the Gone Tomorrow Gallery makes to exhibiting exciting new work from emerging artists.


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