The cozy gallery, at the ground floor of The Hospital Club, seemed ready to burst during the private view of the group show The 16th Bedroom last Friday. Accommodating the needs of the fifteen wildly diverse practices of the featured artists must have been a curatorial nightmare, but elbowing my way through the Champaign fueled crowd I came across several works that I would love to have taken home with me.
I kept catching myself orbiting around James Wright’s composition. The plethora of scales and patterns deployed in James work reflect his layered palette. At first glance, a display of curiosities commanding inspection, it reveals itself as a collection of fantastical dioramas consistent enough to carve out their own world but elegantly avoiding repetition. The compositional agility of James Wright is present from the camouflaging pseudo-patterns, to the sculptural objects and mini landscapes all the way to his means of display.
Across the gallery a column of screens attempts to dissolve the corner of the room. James Hardy built a glitch that exploits our relation to the screen and the medium of the electric signal. Faithful to his practice, which revolves around feedback loops and the limits of his hardware, James lets the screens digest their own image in an attempt to make them melt away. Nevertheless, the totemic structure remains present and constantly challenging the viewer, breaking other, less literal walls with great success. Another vertical flow is that of David Degreef-Mounier’s impossibly elegant sculpture. The repetition of form generates a series of superimposing three dimensional patterns utilizing the viewers’ relative motion. Simultaneously, the material has been challenged to such a degree and brought so close to its limits, that the work invariably evokes uneasy feelings with its fragility.
Dominic Beattie presented a large canvas of his latest work, a deconstructed geometrical pattern juxtaposed by the flat backdrop’s vibrant colour, spilling out through the cracks. The design and palette references to the 60’s in Dominic’s painting were amplified by the Studio Chair and Desk he co-created with architect Lucia Buceta. The furniture combined these aesthetics with tool less assembly and flat pack design while maintaining their handmade appeal.
The 16th Bedroom exhibition runs until the 20th of February at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.