Forensic is the first 'The Space In-Between' project. It takes the space itself as the starting point for an exhibition of installations and interventions.
Structural and cosmetic changes to the interior have created an environment that bears traces of previous occupants.
Though specific references are difficult to locate there is documentation of trades including wheelwrights, underwear makers and 'novelty' producers registered at the address.
Seven artists were invited to investigate the historical and current condition of the building - the exhibition presents their responses.
Linda Duffy has meticulously collected and catalogued materials found on site. These materials are shown along with drawings that literally trace incidental marks and stains left over time. Duffy examines the relationship between the real and what the imagination imposes, her project challenges the idea of reliable evidence.
Mo Lewis creates work that explores the natural light in the space. The light entering the building changes - from minute to minute and day to day, yet considered over a period of years it remains a kind of constant.
Stuart Mayes' installation of spy holes opens up the structure of the building. Visitors are invited to peek into usually hidden spaces either side of the room they are in.
Joao Ornelas removes and relocates a segment of the interior fabric. This segment evidences the outcome of human interaction with the building. It is framed to present a snapshot of an event that has occurred.
Dolores Sanchez Calvo relocates a door to a corner of the room where there is no opening. The relocated door addresses the old history of the building as well as the imminent conversion into flats with new spaces and doors.
m p villasenor creates a visualisation of activities hosted by the space. She directly references the succession of diverse small industries with her choice of materials.
Mandy Williams' black and white photographic print resembles a strip of wallpaper. Hanging beside the peeling walls the photograph applies archaeological layering to the trades that have occupied the building. As the building imminently transforms into modern apartments its past becomes merely a design element, a backdrop.
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