Saturday, 23 August 2014

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street W1

Installation view of (front) Sue Webster
fuckingbeautiful in pieces 2014
five neon sections and transformer
55 x 80 x 25 cm, 21.7 x 31.5 x 9.8 in
(back, partly shown)
Amba Sayal-Bennett
In the Background of Carlo Collodi 2014
boilers, celotex, plunger, paint roller sleeve,
light shade and rope
180 x 170 x 220 cm, 70.9 x 66.9 x 86.6 in
© Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Courtesy the artists and Pippy Houldsworth
Photograph © the reviewer 2014
Until Saturday 30 August

"Old Rope" is a group show, with six artists responding to the phrase "money for old rope", but I think with a healthy sub-textual response to the non-artists' common plaint: "I could've done that" when faced with some aspects of Modern Art.

Go along, then, and decide for yourself whether you could have taken the most banal and underappreciated of objects (a loo roll) and made art out of it (Martin Creed, as seen at the Hayward earlier this year, has).

Susan Collis does it with a nondescript blanket (a real trompe-l'oeil if ever I saw one), Tracey Emin with a sheet of hotel notepaper, Sue Webster (picture above) uses some recycled neon, Boo Saville paper and ballpoint pens, and Amba Sayal-Bennett (partly shown above) recycles some scrap, this last accompanied by a series of colourful plan drawings suggesting that the artist studiously thought it all out before embarking on her scrap hunt. Curated by Polly Morgan.

I also want to draw your attention to 'The Box', Ms Houldsworth's hole in the gallery wall into which, by special commission, an artist is invited to exhibit one work. The artist is Bedwyr Williams and the work is untitled. It is accompanied by an audio guide
a headset hangs ready for your use. Before listening to this (or even without listening at all) I'd like to suggest you first look at the work itself. Contemplate this object, study it; what is it? Come on now, no cheating. I'd love to know what you thought in the comments box or on @sallycrawford.

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery  

6 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BT
   
Opening hours
Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm; Sat: 10 am–4 pm

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