Paul Carter and Anna McNay will discuss the themes of the exhibition and Carter's wider practice, which investigates aspects of the built environment and architectural structure through sculptural assemblage, immersive installation, moving image and performance.
Carter exposes a state of constant contradiction between dereliction and construction, expansion and contraction, a claustrophobic entropy and a functional reordering of the world around and often conceives his practice under the unifying idea that all buildings function as a kind of hotel of sorts. Whether in luxurious splendour, mundane practicality or low-rent dereliction, they are places of exchange in which we may exist both as the guests and employees, the structure and the furnishing.
The talk will take place on the last Saturday of Paul Carter's exhibition 'Hotel Swallows the Workers' at Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes - an extended version of 'Hotel Workers' shown earlier this year at Exeter Phoenix, Exeter. Both exhibitions have been developed with the support of Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.
Anna McNay is a freelance writer, deputy editor of State Magazine and arts editor of DIVA Magazine. She was the recipient of the NCTJ Production Journalism Award 2014.