ROSA ADLER/ ANTONIO DE LA HERA GOMEZ/ HENRIETTA HALL/ LARA KENWORTHY/ SILVIA MERCE/ BETHANY MARETT/ LINDA NAGAJEVA/ LAURA O'NEILL/ MARY TAYLOR/ JALA WAHID
Ten international, London based artists explore a parallel inquisition into the experience of the gallery space within the Regents Studios Complex. The labyrinthine space of the postwar, industrial building has been construed as both a source of modern anxiety and a utopic vision for a revolution.
Regents Studios and the local area have been the site of a
non-descript mixture of factories, shops and institutional buildings for at least a millennium. Records show more recently, that during the 1960's, the GLC (Greater London Council) commissioned the current structure in the form of lettable workshops of factory units to rehabilitate small trades who, as a result of development in the area, needed new premises.
The Structure was built with fifty foot deep bored piles supporting the eight floor frame. Each floor's units were designed to be easily rearranged by sub divisions or groups of units. Every amenity was thought through, from solid concrete floors designed to factory load standards, to hose reels and even post office boxes all contained within the building. Balconies and windows wrapped extensively around
the whole façade, in Uxbridge flint lime bricks ensuring light to all units. Exterior parking for cars, van and bicycles was all provided as well as a garden area.
In 1975 Hackney Borough Council approved the GLC's proposal to rehabilitate, again, Broadway Market and the area; and in turn in the mid 1980's, the GLC sold the estate to the council. By 1992, the Studios were once again being prepared for use as workshops, and to this day they are in use as such, including art galleries and studios such as Five Years.
In Height x Width x Depth, overlooked or unnoticed elements which subtly pervade the site are revisited aesthetically; they become enlivened, demanding a physical response from the viewer.
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