I will be opening up my studio to the public and have hung the series Connoisseurs (1986-1989 ).
This colour work made in the mid to late 1980’s, a humorous and ironic view on the geneology of the English museum and its links to the developing heritage industryin London in the 1980’s. The photographic series begins in Burlington’s Chiswick House (English Heritage) and uses sites such as The Soane Museum at the Lincoln Inn Fields home of Sir John Soane, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, Osterley Park House and the “fake” plaster cast room of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (currently under restoration).
The photographs are printed on archival supergloss cibachrome paper (now discontinued) framed with brass plaques attached. The frame is part of the work and was designed with Nick Hawker at John Jones Framers. I have been working with John Jones’ since the early 1990’s and still design frames for my work with them.
Connoisseurs was first shown at The Riverside Studios in 1987 and was recently shown at Elles @ Centre Pompidou international exhibition in 2010. One of these will be shown this October in the National Gallery in the exhibition Seduced by Art.
Connoisseurs was a follow up to Gentlemen (1981-1983) an excerpt of 6 which will be part of group show called CAPITAL with Steffi Klenz and Fergus Heron (amongst others) at the George and Jorgen Gallery in Bermondsey. A selection from Gentleman series will be on view in a gallery alongside Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen and Barbara Kruger’s What Big Muscles you Have, and a few other artists that are part of the theme “Figures of Speech” at the Seattle Art Museum in Washington USA from October 11 2012 to Jan, 13 2013, a travelling version of elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris