The Asbo Mystery Play and other public works is a new collaborative exhibition by Alan Kane and Simon Periton which centres upon a series of proposals for public artworks. Periton and Kane have separately undertaken significant public art projects, individually and in collaboration with other artists, but last made a collaborative body of work in 1993 with an exhibition of posters entitled Gild the Lily. The Asbo Mystery Play... exhibition seeks to reanimate the sensibility that produced that work.
The premise of these new works is to consider public art strategies and positions that may have been, may yet be, or can never be adopted as a field of operation, with the public? and commissioners remaining abstract quantities. This framework allows for a conflation of private, subjective speculation and a sense of public expression or an intellectual "outdoorsness?.
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