John Plowman: ARCHIVE

25 Mar 2011 – 30 Apr 2011

Idea Store Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Nearest Underground: Whitechapel

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Seventeen small sculptures that John Plowman made between 2004 and 2007 and have been languishing on a shelf in his studio since then form the basis of this installation. Akin to a shelf of unread books, they are nevertheless an essential part of the lexicon of Plowman's artistic practice. Like the library, these sculptures can be seen as a store of information, a repository of knowledge. For the exhibition at Idea Store Whitechapel, the artist has re-engaged with these neglected works. In keeping with the library setting, he has devised a classification system consisting of five categories, each named by one of the vowels. Within each category, each sculpture is identified by its respective letter and a number.Ӭ Reclassified, the sculptures are now usually stored in five bespoke boxes. At the Idea Store they will be displayed on a shelf, with their cases arranged on the floor opposite.The installation will reference the library context yet resonate as a subjective, alternative presence within the existing system of ordering and classification.

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