HS Projects curated the second major group exhibition at 5 Howick Place, ‘Paradigm Store’. ’Paradigm Store’ examines the interface between art and design and the latent socio-economic and political forces that underpin it through new and recent work by seventeen UK and international artists.
Spread over five floors and 80,000 sq ft, HS Projects brings together a diverse line-up of emerging and established artists to explore issues of the decorative and the functional through a mixed range of media, proposing new ways of re-considering our environment and social structures. From immersive, site-specific installations and large-scale sculptural works to paintings, performance and film, the exhibition aims to investigate artists’ unrivalled engagement with art and life through reference to the readymade, 20th Century Modernism, architecture, specific histories and origins, as well as the subversion of language and modes of popular culture.
Highlights of ‘Paradigm Store’ include a new ‘still-life’ ceramic arrangement by British artist Simon Bedwell; an ‘art store’ installation by artist duo Cullinan & Richards; an animated rock garden by Harold Offeh; a collage installation of cut-up fragments and clay bricks by Paula Roush; a sculptural relief by Theo Stamatoyiannis which questions the boundaries of sculpture and architecture; a free-form installation by Beatriz Olabarrieta that combines low-fi building materials with video; and new collage sculptural structures by Anne Harild. A film by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes inspired by Japanese ‘sangaku’ is shown in the UK for the first time, courtesy of the Cartier Foundation, alongside other works making a UK debut by Kendell Geers, Claire Barclay, Nike Savvas and David Shrigley. Other participating artists include Yutaka Sone, Maria Nepomuceno, Ulla von Brandenburg, Elizabeth Neel and Tobias Rehberger.
During the private view there was a performance by artist collaborators Meta Drcar and Dori Deng featuring three female dancers responding to the architecture of the space; as well as a live performance of sculptural objects by Harold Offeh based on his series of work looking at elements of historical 17th and 18th century gardens as sites of artifice, spectacle and theatre.
‘Paradigm Store’ was funded by Invesco Real Estate (IRE) and Urban & Civic, the joint developer behind 5 Howick Place with Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate.
‘Paradigm Store’ was at 5 Howick Place, Victoria London, from 25 September – 5 November 2014.
‘Artlab 021′, was a site-specific, multi-media, multi-faceted exhibition of recent work by Artlab (Cullinan Richards) that contains many geographies and pseudo histories. From photo-documentation works of temporary structures such as petrol stations, billboards, architectural pavillions, boxing rings, to paintings and sculptural art objects, such as a sand cast lead pistol in a constructed break glass fire alarm box and the ‘get lucky bench’.
Cullinan Richards’ practice sprawls across boundaries, media, disciplines and spaces in critical and engaging ways. ‘Such moves dislodge a particular medium from its privileged position and hierarchicallly sealed status and draw it outside itself beyond the institutional frame and into a new light’ – John Slyce, Artlab 021.
“Charlotte Cullinan together with Jeanine Richards has produced, since 1997, collaborative work from traditional means: painting, sculpture, performance, drawing, film, video and photography. Much of this production has entered the world under the heading Artlab. Their medium is largely context. History–personal, family, geo-political, and that socially and culturally shared, or fictitious–is their primary material. The art that results–a fusion of documentation with fiction, lived personal histories and live performance–is often deployed, even when built from paintings, as a sculptural scenario and structural support for the incorporation of other work and documentation, as well as a platform for other artists.” – John Slyce, Contemporary, September 2006.
‘Artlab 021′ was exhibited in 2002 as part of the Cable & Wireless Exhibition Programme, 1992 – 2006.