To accompany Exploding Collage, collaborators Julia Heslop & Ed Wainwright present Gathering, an architectural intervention which is designed to host the work of other artists, as in Kurt Schwitters’ Hannover Merz Bau, which concealed niches dedicated to his artistic heroes. Likewise, Gathering is comprised of an interconnected sequence of ‘grottoes’ assembled from found and given material, each of which will be dedicated to an artist whose work deserves to be reconsidered in relation to collage as an expanded, immersive or time-based practice. .
Gathering will host a programme of interventions which will unfold throughout the course of the exhibition. Every fortnight, an invited artist or researcher will dedicate another ‘grotto’ to the work of an avant-garde figure who they consider to have expanded collage towards new potential forms, with an emphasis on those whose radical practice has led to their contribution being less recognised in canonical histories of the medium. Please keep an eye on the Hatton Gallery website and social media channels for updates and more details as these happen.
About the artists
Heslop & Wainwright work across the boundaries of art and architecture, recognising the scope of the artist to act as a critical spatial practitioner, in this case questioning who is afforded and who is denied space in histories of collage.