To celebrate the newly secure future of FTHo and in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, the space will open from the 6th of April with a new exhibition. Living Sculpture acts as an introduction to FTHo and John Latham’s conception of Flat Time. A highlight of the exhibition is Latham’s large text and spray paint work ‘Twentieth Century Trajectory’. This work, which demonstrates the convergence of art and science, is on public view for the first time. Throughout the exhibition will be newly commissioned work by artists with a relationship to Latham and FTHo including Laure Prouvost, Giles Bailey with David Toop and Anna Barham.
Exhibition Tours: Saturdays at 2pm
Flat Time House: Living Sculpture
In 2003, John Latham declared his house and studio a living sculpture, naming it Flat Time House after his theory of time, ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. The exhibition Flat Time House: Living Sculpture acts as an introduction to Flat Time House and John Latham’s conception of Flat Time.
Latham assigned the rooms of FTHo with the anthropomorphic attributes of the living body: Face (book sculpture), Mind (gallery), Brain (office), Hand (studio) and Body (kitchen and living area). In the Mind gallery is presented a selection of works that Latham collected together to best explain his ideas and explain Flat Time. Other works by Latham and material from the John Latham Archive will be presented throughout the rest of the space. A highlight of the exhibition is Latham’s large text and spray paint work Twentieth Century Trajectory. This work, which demonstrates the convergence of art and science is here on public view for the very first time.
Throughout the exhibition will be newly commissioned work by artists with a relationship to Latham and FTHo. Laure Provost was previously artist in residence at FTHo in 2010 and prior to that worked for five years in the space as John Latham’s assistant. Here she will present a new film made at Flat Time House over the previous year. Artist Giles Bailey and sound artist and longtime Latham collaborator David Toop have produced a new film together which will act as a portrait of the living sculpture. Finally, Anna Barham will present a new film work derived from Latham’s use of language in his 1976 roller canvas work THE, currently on show at the Serpentine Galleries.