The exhibition exploits the slick visual narrative set by property developers, investors and estate agents keen to promote an aspirational vision of city living. This is offset by the visibly crumbling interior of the house that provides a central theme of the show.
Barrett imagines the speculative marketing of the derelict house through an immersive installation, employing the aesthetic of a housing development showroom. Included alongside this are print, sculptural and digital works, centred on the iconic London Stock brick, reimagined as gilded objects, symbolising their status in the current housing market.
Underlying the show is his interest in the conflicts buried within the mind-set of the aspirational classes; a desire for stability and home ownership contrasted with a social conscience relating to gentrification and fears of social cleansing, set against a backdrop of a housing market viewed internationally as an investment tool for the super wealthy.
Nick Barrett lives and works in London. Working across a variety of mediums his current practice is concerned with themes that expose and question social and political systems.