This solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Corinne Felgate is comprised of two new major installations: Bigger than the Both of Us (MOMA) and Studio X Y Z. Both draw on the artist’s on-going research into our collective relationship with the man-made environment, and how society’s perception of the manufacturing industry shapes our understanding the world today.
Felgate’s practice has always examined our relationship to luxury, power, failure, sexuality and industry through the exploration of everyday objects. Recently her research has focused specifically on our cultural and physiological relationship to making and industry in the digital age, through rekindling pre-industrial processes, and setting up low-fi production systems.
She recognises the way in which our interaction with the act of ‘making’ is shifting dramatically – due to the advent of systems such as 3D printers, DIY culture, and highly evolved robotic mass-production systems, and also the return to craft which has become popular amongst creative circles. Although objects produced within these fields are poles apart in terms of cost and labour, they often display very little physical disparity.
Bigger than the Both of Us (MOMA), an enormous recreation of the Mondrian room at MOMA, in 77 works on board, aims to test the seductive properties of material things. Painted in glitter, Mondrian’s work is processed through the accelerated consumerism of disposable fashion, his oeuvre of studio paintings transformed into something from the home of disco.
Both Bigger than the Both of Us (MOMA) and Studio X Y Z draw, subtly, on the phenomenon of Chinese artists’ villages whereby many artists spend a life time mass-producing just one work. Studio X Y Z is a performance installation that exposes a fabrication process that is as meticulous as it is ludicrous: displaying the fabrication of a single work by utilitarian-uniform clad women, printed to scale, precisely measured and reproduced in glitter, the piece illustrates how the final reproductions are in fact a documentation of a performance, an archive of a period of cottage industry.
Corinne Felgate: Bigger Than The Both of Us, until 28th February, The Rook and Raven Gallery, 7 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HN.
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1. Corinne Felgate, Broadway Boogie Woogie, 2014, fabric & glitter on board. Photo: Sylvain Deleu.