'Throw'em out, they break my heart' is the fifth exhibition in the series 'Cabinets' which explores the working process of internationally renowned artists both emerging and established. 'Cabinets' is a unique series of exhibitions, which has as its overriding reference point, the Renaissance phenomenon 'The Cabinet of Curiosity', otherwise known as 'Wunderkammer'. The term was originally given to rooms displaying objects, antiquities, paintings and other eclectic ephemera from science and the arts and prefigures the birth of the Museum in Western art. Moreover these vitrines also left a spatial legacy credited with the development of Installation art.
This exhibition brings together three emerging artists: Pippa Gatty, Neil Hedger and Dan Shaw-Town, commissioned to respond to the ongoing 'Cabinet' series. Their work addresses aspects of substitution and transformation, suggesting a performative approach. Gatty's paintings and installations draw on the notion of exploration: reworked images of mountaineering and space travel dwell on events and actions that refer to another time and place. The physical nature of Hedger's slippery, sculptural figures belie their conceptual status. For the artist, sculpture is a way of substituting an idea for an object, a process that is never fixed but releases the artwork from the need to respond to an already given position; the sculptures deflect the desire to search for sense, for stability, and instead transform perception into something that is bound to remain beyond reach. This lack of fixity of an a priori position resonates with Dan Shaw-Town's open-ended process, where the goal of the enquiry is not known at the outset. Though often familiar in appearance, his sculptures and objects, often the result of performance, retain a certain communicative reticence; their bathetic familiarity serves to both disturb and amuse the spectator in turn.
Recent exhibitions by Pippa Gatty include 'The black wall', Subway Gallery, London: The Marmite competition, Studio 1.1, London. Gatty is this years winner of the prestigious Red Mansion Art Prize.
Neil Hedger's recent exhibitions include 'A day at the races', Alma Enterprises, London, and 'Sale' at The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Hedger was included in the 2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries and will be showing later this year at Vegas Gallery and DOMOBAAL, both in London.
Dan Shaw 'Town will be presenting a solo show 'Drawings' at Gallery-C, TEAM, New York later this year. Previous exhibitions include 'Spill the wine, get the salt', Christopher Crescent, London: 'Unfair project', De service garage, Art Amsterdam, Lobby at Hales Gallery, London and 'PULP', RUN Gallery, London.
Each 'Cabinets' exhibition will consist of three substantial, purpose-built vitrines. The artist's interaction with these generates a project, which, we hope, will uncover new territories of research previously unseen in their work. Furthermore, the cabinets' highly specific format suggests a particular form of audience engagement and approach, thus altering and expanding the works' viewing conditions.
Accompanying the series will be a limited edition box set of printed matter, designed by 'Language of Form'. Pamphlets will accompany each show with a commissioned text written by Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley, founding Directors of the 'Museum of Installation' and co-authors of several seminal books on installation art.
The next exhibition in the series will be a solo show by Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez.