23 October 2014 - 23 November 2014
NEW QUEBEC STREET 1
A seductively slow panning shot traverses what remains of a typical London flat conversion of the 80's, in a Georgian house gutted in preparation for its immanent renovation. Different levels of surface are exposed to the camera, and projected back on the building itself, with a narration that explores divergent narratives, extrapolated from what we see passing the lens. These range from the rough exposed marks left by a kitchen fitter under the removed cabinets, to the white walls crudely painted by an earlier artist.
Wolseley excavates the myriad references of these details and timescales, at the intersection of the location and his own experience. A description of an eighties brass socket with a decorative edge detail from the time of his own adolescence sits alongside reflections on recent changes in the social demographic of this part of Marylebone.
In this site specific video installation, juxtaposing social, economic, and personal interpretations of the building, Wolseley weaves a rich narrative, exploring our multifaceted relationship with architecture, in order to embroider this cinematic representation of the building.
Wolseley is working with musician Steve Kidd on a score to the film and house. Speakers will be built into the building to activate the space itself with its own cinematic soundtrack.
The exhibition will be open Friday and Saturday 12-6pm and also by appointment . Phone 07870 191663 or 07813 193014
Nearest tube, Marble Arch
24th October to 22ndNovember.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of:
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
& PORTMAN ESTATES
Open Friday & Saturday 12-6pm or by appointment
9 December 2014 - 24 January 2015
MY DREAMS OF LEVITATION
Private View Tuesday December 9th 6-9pm
My Dreams of Levitation is the first work by artist/architect SEAN GRIFFITHS
following the dissolution of the renowned art/architecture practice, FAT, of which
Griffiths was a founding member.
The work recreates the first floor rooms of the Georgian house at 11 New Quebec
The existing rooms are dilapidated in anticipation of the forthcoming refurbishment
of the building into luxury flats by the owners. The rooms
retain their Georgian character as a result of the existence of the original
joinery details, in particular the skirting boards and the architraves.
Using copies of the existing skirting boards and architraves, which are shifted
horizontally and vertically to create a dislocated replica of the space within the
existing rooms, the work is intended to intensify the viewers experience of the
At the same time, by utilizing the minimum necessary intervention required to make
“architecture”, the piece speculates on the nature of architecture itself,
exploring the role of the architectural boundary as the demarcator of public and
private space, inside and outside, as the determinant of ownership and as the
codifier of space.
Above all the installation is designed to intensify the viewers experience of the
existing space, by creating awkward boundaries and spaces within the rooms and
doorways. The visitors are brought into close encounter with the physicality of the
architecture, by means of a minimal architectural intervention.
SEAN GRIFFITHS is a practising artist and the principal of the practice
ModernArchitect. He is also Professor of Architecture at the University of
Westminster and a visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University.
Roomartspace acknowledges with thanks the support of:
11 NEW QUEBEC STREET, LONDON W1H 7RW www.roomartspace.co.uk
OPEN: Friday and Saturday 12-6pm and by appointment 07870 191663 or 07831 193014
Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
Opening Friday and Saturday 12-6pm and by appointment