What People Want

16 Nov 2015 – 22 Nov 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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The Hive Dalston

Greater London, United Kingdom


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A group exhibition of new work by Ben McLeavy, Emily Gosling, Rae Smith and Sean Stubbs


You can't please all the people all the time. You can't always get what you want. Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight. For this show four artists have responded in unique and exciting ways to the central theme, what people want. It's a multifarious statement that incites multifarious lines of questioning. What indeed do people want? Perfection? A valuable artefact? Flumes? Fruition? Carly Simon? A vagina in a tent? 

The artists present their responses to the theme in a variety of media including video, sound, sculpture, painting, print and collage.


About the artists

Ben McLeavy (b. 1981)

Ben studied fine art and has since worked in paint, ink, gifs and now sculpture. His ambitious and provocative piece Labia Intentsive marks a thrilling new direction for the artist, and an evolution from former largely two dimensional works such as the much lauded Dogs in Space series of paintings.

Emily Gosling (b. 1986)

Working mostly in collage and found objects, this show has seen Emily return to paint after almost a decade away from the medium. She is also exhibiting works in clay, with overarching themes of memory, clutter/unclutter and the dichotomies of possession.

Rae Smith (b. 1984)

Rae's concerns with the nature of value and material desire come to fruition beautifully in her new series. The large work - or more accurately, collection - sees the artist move into a more conceptual sphere, with previous works focusing on a more illustrative, expressive milieu.

Sean Stubbs (b. 1982)

Sean's critically acclaimed video art has long been a celebrated internet phenomenon, and the move into a gallery space seems supremely apt at this stage in his practice. Working with found footage and frequently viewing the world through a disquieting but colourful lens, these visceral works make the viewer call into question everything they thought they knew. 


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Exhibiting artists

Sean Stubbs

Rae Smith

Emily Gosling

Ben McLeavy


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