Gathering was an architectural intervention designed and built by Julia Heslop and Ed Wainwright to host the work of other artists, as in Kurt Schwitters’ Hannover Merz Bau, which concealed niches dedicated to his artistic heroes. Likewise, Gathering was comprised of an interconnected sequence of ‘grottoes’ assembled from found and given material, each of which was dedicated to an artist whose work deserves to be reconsidered in relation to collage as an expanded, immersive or time-based practice.
Every fortnight during the exhbition an invited artist or researcher dedicated a ‘grotto’ to the work of an avant-garde figure who they considered to have expanded collage towards new potential forms, with an emphasis on those whose radical practice has led to their contribution being less recognised in canonical histories of the medium.
The work was part of the Exploding Collage exhibition which explored how avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century expanded the notion of collage into immersive, often ephemeral, formats. The exhibition comprised of presentations by contemporary artists whose work examines, celebrates or reinstates such avant-garde figures, with an emphasis on those whose radical practice has led to their contribution being less well-recognised in canonical histories of the medium.
Photos by Matthew Pickering.
© 2019 by Julia Heslop