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‘Must not the structure have a genesis, and must not the origin, the point of genesis, be already structured, in order to be the genesis of something?' - Jacques Derrida The Corridor is a narrow, ti…

‘Must not the structure have a genesis, and must not the origin, the point of genesis, be already structured, in order to be the genesis of something?' - Jacques Derrida



The Corridor is a narrow, tight space one feels comfortable in alone, but claustrophobic and guilty in when accompanied. It is like being a child playing under his bed, pretending that, with the sheets hanging down, he is camping, or a soldier in a trench, before a grown-up comes and ruins the fun by lifting up the… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on May 21, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Whole Exhibition @ The Rag Factory 15.05.09

The ‘displaced New Yorker’, Lisa Bradley, here showing her interactive piece ‘Studio’, is surprised at the lack of politics in her fellow students’ work. ‘I’m surprised, because there is so much in American art right now, but nothing here, even concerning the world outside,’ she says. It is true, that on face value, there seems to be very little preoccupation with current affairs in this exhibition, an interim show of MA and Research works from the University of Middlesex art faculty, but if… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on May 20, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments

The Return of the Salon

Art is the most elitist thing on earth. The most valuable thing around the dinner tables of the middle classes is to be able to talk in an educated manner about fine art, high literature and classical music. You don’t want everyone understanding.

Will Martyr, artist.



At the age of twenty-four, I began to read Proust. I don’t know why; I had built up a reputation for him in my head that was completely uninformed other than through the perceived gravity of the name – I… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 30, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Will Martyr's 'Big Cock Capitalism'

On first contact with Will Martyr’s work, a series of three inflated PVC rhinos, I fail to see the humour and point immediately to its seeming anti-capitalist stance, replete with Constructivist graphics, boardroom scenes and propagandist slogans, that, concurrent with a shrinking economy and panic in the streets of the City, strike as an ‘I told you so’ slap in the face.



I call to meet him at the… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 30, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

Outside Inside Spaces

Twenty-two year-old Rhiannon Hunter appears to be in physical conflict with her own work. Her prints depict cold, empty, derelict spaces primed for the wrecking ball, that could be filmed to a soundtrack of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. She blushes keenly when I compare the graphic qualities of these prints, which she completes by hand, eschewing computers and machines, to the cinematography of films such as Waltz With Bashir and Sin… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 30, 2009 at 14:30 — No Comments

REVIEW: du.ra.tion. @ House Gallery

In the television series Life After People, a coterie of the world's greatest scientists, across many fields of research, combine to speculate upon Earth's future in the aftermath of complete human disappearance, from 'day zero' in which pets run wild to demonstrate our theory of 'survival of the fittest', to ten thousand years hence, when our once-thought-indestructible Towers of Babel crumble like shortbread in the jaws of plant life.



As the planet's most advanced species,… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 21, 2009 at 11:35 — No Comments

REVIEW: Beverley Bennett (du.ra.tion @ House Gallery)

One tutor at the University of Middlesex, where Beverley Bennett is in the final year of her MA in Fine Art, denounced her work as 'neo-black bullshit'. Despite deep-lying issues with 'blackness' (no doubt shared with many a black artist), she is more frustrated with the categorisation itself than its implications, for why should a few carefully-considered lines fall under any category at all?



Along with fellow artists Laura… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 20, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

SCULPTURE NOT SCULPTURE @ The Corridor, Hackney, London

In these times, the art world is as much at the mercy of the economy's tantrums as any other facet of civilisation. Young artists, with varying degrees of talent, find their paths to stardom blocked by armies in tracksuits descending scaffolds or with their bums in the air, drilling pipes, as only the construction and plumbing industries continue apparently to flourish.



Which is what makes The Corridor, one of London's newest - and smallest… Continue

Added by Paul Mendez on April 4, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

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