Toby Christian - Richard Ducker
Emma Holden - Rory Macbeth
29 May – 27 June 2009
Private view – Thursday 28 May 6-9pm
45 Coronet Street, Hoxton, London N1 6HD
Cooler Warmer brings together four artists for whom sculpture is a self-reflexive series of discreet queries and proposals. Each reduce the
method and material of the message, like a well crafted piece of prose, to its spare and minimal best. Wry and precise, the exhibition
foregrounds their economy and delicacy of handling, which encompasses both physical fragility and poised humour.
Toby Christian probes into the fundamentals of art making and display. He represents objects through means and materials humorously
inappropriate and exact: a lump of coal - marble covered in marker pen; a marble potato (peeled), an elastic band made of perfectly crafted
plasticine. He makes interventions into gallery walls, which are sometimes small enough to be overlooked, and yet accrue onto themselves
the possibility of all structural intervention. Prod is a five-finger indentation into a wet plaster wall, which in the gallery context is obviously
artificial, yet conjures a moment of mischievous glee at the malleability of the institution.Intriguing and poetic, each work is an almost
affectionate take on the possibilities of the sculptural object.
Toby Christian’s recent shows include Presque Rien at Laure Genillard and Artfutures at Bloomberg Space. He won the first Noble
Sculpture Prize in 2008. His solo show is at Fold Gallery in May 2009.
Richard Ducker evokes uneasy narratives through his installations of found and made objects. He sets up peculiar disparities of scale
between elements, which often borrow the language of the monumental by being covered with concrete, while their form remains stubbornly
domestic. A series of everyday containers become a sculpturally diverse formal arrangement (Household Gods), casts of the insides of
shopping bags acquire a uncomfortable density (I’m Not Unhappy Enough). In his new installation, Now Say After Me, Ducker pins a large,
wheeled, molar-shaped object to the floor with concrete weights. Reminiscent of Lilliputian imprisonment techniques, the work circles a kind
of dissolved narrative structure evocative of dream imagery.
Richard Ducker lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Words Fail Me at Gone Tomorrow Gallery and Heart of Glass at
Shoreditch Town Hall. He is also the director of Fieldgate Gallery.
Emma Holden’s work demonstrates a shifting dialogue between drawing, painting and domestic scale installation. She explores the visual
logic of organic structures, employing techniques from the decorative arts and materials from the waste bin. Many have a fragile intensity,
using marks made by tiny cuts or strokes built up thousands of times. At first her obsessive techniques seem to indicate a lust for perfection
and order, but on closer inspection there exists an inverse reality: non-industrial production, however careful, allows for subtle imperfections
and quirks. Like the deliberate flaw in the Persian carpet, Holden reveres the humility and diversity of the manmade.
Emma Holden lives and works in Bristol. Her solo show Affinity was at Seven Seven Gallery in 2007. Recent projects include Surburbia at the
Foreign Press Association.
Ever since Rory Macbeth invented a student at Central St Martin’s foundation, who, fully enrolled, existed purely in admin and rumour, and
who passed the course with a portfolio gleaned at the last minute from bins, he has sought to unpick our assumptions about what surrounds
us. Inspired by his constant sense of disappointment with what things claim versus what they deliver, Macbeth’s practice roams across
materials territories to form a faux requiem for Postmodernism. Whether translating Kafka into English without the aid of understanding
German (The Wanderer), carving a forest from wood (Wood for Trees), or using an art fair stand to display only a To Let board, Macbeth
focuses on the gaps and slips in the distinction between perception and reality and offers explicitly subjective translations for analysis.
Rory Macbeth lives and works in Leeds and London. Solo shows include The Long March Back to Progress at Nassauischer Kunstverein,
Wiesbaden, and Buy One get One Free at Sara Guedj, Paris. He is also co-founder of Pilot.
Contact Fiona MacDonald: 0207 739 4921 / firstname.lastname@example.org