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A Nodding Acquaintance, 2017


Dimensions: Variable.

Materials: Structure – hardwood and acrylic paint; Union Jack bunting – cotton and emulsion paint; arrows – vinyl; overhead camera and live feed to monitor.

Commissioned by Edge Arts for ‘Parallel (of Life and) Architecture’ group exhibition with Assemble & Simon Terrill and The Decorators & Goig in response to the work of Alison and Peter Smithson.

‘A Nodding Acquaintance’ overlays a street party on the space of the gallery. In this setting, visitors are invited to become active protagonists in a shifting choreography of objects, bodies and architecture. The timber structure allows the viewer to talk or idle whilst sitting, leaning or standing. Its form, seen in the monitor in ‘plan view’ is inspired by the Smithsons’ designs for cluster housing blocks. From the present day, the work nods to the Smithson’s oeuvre, the changing values in social relations and notions of nationhood.

Photographs in order: Peter Blakemore, Peter Brandt, Charlotte Crewe, Warren & Mosley

Exhibited: Edge Arts, Bath


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