Machines for Living In: Art by the Square Foot

18 Jul 2019 – 31 Jul 2019

Event times

11am–7pm daily. 5pm on Sundays. (11am–3pm, July 22/23)

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England, United Kingdom


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Artist Rod Kitson's first solo show. The exhibition features 190 paintings replicating Rod's live-in studio space in an attic in a Victorian building in Southwark, London Docklands by the square foot.


The installation’s title and theme, ‘Machines for Living In’ is inspired from architect-philosopher Le Corbusier’s dictum, “A house is a machine for living in.”

The square-foot oil paintings include a 35-piece reproduction of a Persian rug, a house plant, an Apple charger, and part of a female visitor, evoking the atmosphere of his live-in work-space. Each ‘tile’ took an average of four hours to paint.

The show at Surrey Quays shopping centre also has an interactive element. The artist is inviting visitors to create their own square-foot paintings to be part of the exhibition which will be available for purchase at the same price as his work.

Rod is the 2017 winner of the Public Favourite vote for his oil paintings ‘Two Brothers from Camberwell’ in the Painting Open competition run by Second Floor Studio & Arts, part of Anthology Deptford Foundry.

(See images from the show, Rod's story and exhibition details on the website: https://www.rodkitson.art / Press on the show's dates to randomise the squares).

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