There is deliberately no theme behind this exhibition, though inevitably thematic associations will emerge. Rather, the intention is to bring together a collection of artists, some of whose work responds directly to the space, while also being open and forgiving enough to allow their piece to intrude into the works of others, or host the work of another. Though not all the artists are 'installation' artists, there is an attempt to explore the idea that all the work in this exhibition exists within a succession of installations. In all group shows the artwork interacts with its neighbour through a variety of ways: association, narrative, contrast, etc., but in this case there will be the addition of some works directly intervening with its neighbour. It will raise questions as to whether this is an intervention, or perceived more aggressively as invasion, or seen in the light of collaboration. The curatorial balance will be between maintaining the integrity of each work while ensuring that it plays its role as part of the 'installation' of the whole exhibition. Inevitably, to some extent this is a normal practise, but in the case of installation art, which normally commands its own spatial logic, it invites a different challenge within these relationships, opening up questions as to where one work ends and another begins, notions of authorship, and the power relationship between artist and curator, while sustaining a cogent exhibition.
Julian Hughes Watts