Unreal Estates: read all about it

Unreal Estates is an exhibition about home, and what it means to live in a place.

‘Witty, critical, thought-provoking and sparking off unexpected synergies’

‘Clearly a joyous thing’

Six artists have each been working with a fiction writer to respond to properties on the market within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, where the exhibition takes place. Their new collaborative works examine ideas of domesticity, psychological interiority, emotional space, and private histories.

Each individual artwork or text can be read as a standalone work, yet additionally complements its counterpart as collaboration. But even on top of that, when gathered together, the images and texts can be read another way. They also record the multiplicity, the textures, the dreams, imagination and memories of this city, now.

 

The homogenised aesthetic of property-as-asset is contrasted with the exquisitely rich and deeply personal interiors of fictional homes created by artists and writers.

 

As quoted by Hackney Citizen:

“You can read the exhibition as exactly what it is on the surface – a group exhibition of high quality work about domestic interiors. Indeed, the whole experience is nothing without the clever and delightful contributions of the artists and writers. It’s perfectly fine to leave it there. But when you turn it over and look at it a different way, it becomes something else. And you can carry on turning it and looking at it, and all these different interpretations and allusions interweave and fan out, into the wider city.”

Announcing Unreal Estates

I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new project, Unreal Estates.

An exhibition of newly commissioned painting and writing on the subject of domestic interiors, the project takes place in a working high street estate agency.

Gathered together, the works are a subtle comment on the state of the property market and the trend of property as investment, as opposed to a place where private lives are lived.

A new nomadic estate agency tours the UK.
First stop: London

EXQUISITE DOMESTIC FANTASIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY EXPERIENCED AGENTS

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Strong & Unstable II

  • New work from the Capricious Cartography series
  • Sculpture in the City launches on 30 June
  • Watch a London Live video – with a brief appearance from me

I hope you’ll be able to make it to see my latest work, A Worldwide Web of Somewheres, in Leadenhall Market until May 2019.

Photo © Nick Turpin
Marshall Islands Stick Chart. Couldn’t find an image of a fishing net-map. Perhaps I imagined it.

For some time I’ve been trying to find ways of making maps that are more mutable, shifting and unstable than traditional cartography (whose roots are often in authoritarian boundary-marking)

This work is partly inspired by Polynesian fishing nets, which I’ve been led to believe were also maps of wind and sea currents. In their lines and nodes, these nets reveal an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, that allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.

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🏢 THE SKYSCRAPER INDEX 💾

• Architecture and irrationality: a new series
• Upcoming shows: come and visit

I’ve started a series of perforated metal sculptures called The Skyscraper Index.

 

Met Life Tower: Panic of 1907 | Zinc-coated steel, edition of 10. 16x60x4cm
The Shard: Global Financial Crisis | Zinc-coated steel, edition of 100. 22x30x4cm

These wall-hung panels are based on buildings that were once the tallest of their time. The series is based on a flippant idea formulated by economist Andrew Lawrence: “An era’s tallest building rises on the eve of economic downturn”.  Continue reading “🏢 THE SKYSCRAPER INDEX 💾”

An Elegy to Lordship Road

It’s already Autumn. I spent my much of the summer getting somewhat fixated on a strange little house between the reservoirs in Stoke Newington.

Next to the water and a little way from other houses, it has this almost mythic quality, of being out-of-place, of living a life apart from the rest of the city.

lordship-aerial

This ordinary-looking house was originally built to service the reservoirs, and was once known as The Waterman’s House. It was later extended (unsympathetically, according to Hackney’s Local List), following the 1980s preference for DIY Victoriana.
The neighbouring Woodberry Down Estate was a post-war utopia of social housing, schools and public facilities (my mum used to work at the health centre). By the 1990s it had become a wilderness of used needles and rats. The good intentions of the 2006 masterplan – which I know intimately – have since been maligned – part of London’s turbid housing crisis. A 3 bed flat is on sale for £945K.

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