Curated by Martin Mayorga & Vanessa Murrell
“This is my house, I have to defend it”
A group show with Corey Bartles-Andreson, Carla Benzing, Gordon Berger, Oliver Durcan, Steven Gee, James Irwin, Simon Linington, Delilah Olson, Niamh Roberts. Taking its cue from Chris Colombus’s classic movie of the same name, Home Alone brings together a one night only exhibition of nine artists, each of whom examine our subjective experience of the domestic. Together, their works circulate a complex interplay of the comfort and conflict within our homes.
Boundary St, Shoreditch,
London, E2 7JG
Released in 1990, the timeless “Home Alone” film follows an eight-year-old troublemaker who is accidentally left home alone by his family. Much to his delight, young Kevin is finally able to indulge himself in all the guilty pleasures he was denied to by his parents. However, a criminal duo of burglars is causing distress on the neighbourhood’s vacant houses, and under those circumstances, it is not long before the burglars will knock at Kevin’s door. Is Kevin, the “man” of the house, prepared to defend his castle?
The nine artists in the show mirror this duality of exploring both themes of wellbeing and anxiousness within ones household. An intimate place of ultimate comfort, yet in which the relationship dynamics of the people living in there might be tainted, or in which the memory attachment to particular objects might cause distress. A safe yet temporary place that at times might not be the most relaxing one to be in. In the same way, many of the works integrate a duality of mediums and practices, merging landscape and portrait, physical and virtual, static and variable, utilitarian and decorative, transitional and permanent; turning our attention to the unbalanced nature of one’s private space.
Working directly in the curator’s own home, which has served as DATEAGLE ART’s head quarters, these artists tap into the limits between the work and the items and interactions that gave rise to it. Many artists use personal household objects found in The House or respond to their experiences of living in the space. Various artists react to clichés of archetypal pieces of domestic décor, while others identify the home as place of escape… yet sometimes this escape might be one that you only visit virtually. Considered together, the works operate on the boundary between the private and the public, revealing The House’s current state of in-between. An environment we believe to control yet we can also be seen as being controlled by it.