This five-room display brings together works by several contemporary artists, each taking the form of a theatrical, fictional or ‘staged’ presence within the gallery. For several decades, installation art has placed the viewer at the centre of all-encompassing, immersive environments. However, a number of contemporary artists have also begun to explore more contained, tableau-like presentations. Each of these works self-consciously creates a fictitious space, whether domestic, theatrical, social or institutional. Pawel Althamer’s FGF Warsaw is a mobile art gallery created in a spirit of collaboration and exchange. It includes work commissioned by other artists as well as a library and a documentary film that outlines some of the ideas underpinning the work. By contrast, Sandra Gamarra’s fictional museum is a one-woman enterprise complete with its own shop, website and logo. Some of these works preserve the traces of participatory events or performances. Others incorporate found objects or images that evoke a wider narrative, such as Martin Boyce’s park gate that suggests the urban spaces where teenagers hang out; or Dexter Dalwood’s imagined painting of a French philosopher’s apartment, whose scrawled interiors conjure the range of aesthetic and social forces shaping a particular consciousness at a volatile historical moment.
Curated by Rachel Taylor and Ann Coxon
Texts by Ann Coxon