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Citations Lifted Loose - 5 Princelet Street

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of new artwork by Valerie Jolly and Tamarin Norwood, Citations Lifted Loose, will be on display in a Georgian home off Brick Lane from October 2 to October 19, 2008, as part of the Shoreditch Concrete and Glass Festival.

Pascale Lacroix, Curator and Director of Eidos Arts, reopens her home as an exhibition space this October and invites artists Valerie Jolly and Tamarin Norwood to create new work for the occasion.

The artists create quiet interventions into the fabric of the ground floor living room, which continues to be lived in for the duration of the exhibition. Without explicit labelling to distinguish between the artists’ interventions and the everyday objects in the room, the works imbue the space with a tone of comfortable, articulate strangeness.

Norwood’s small objects appear to be functional but have no clear purpose within the domestic setting. Amended pieces of furniture, anthropomorphic objects, hidden sounds of industrious activity, quietly rotating constructions that hum or click as two objects momentarily touch… the works conceal themselves within the homely vocabulary of the setting, revealing themselves slowly as one explores the space. Norwood’s objects might be imagined as citations, and the ground around her citations as the room itself, with its furniture still in place: the raw material backdrop of the world.

Jolly’s colourless and weightless constructions are paper casts of everyday objects. They echo the forms of the original things yet consciously depart from their real-world substance. Pale and sometimes incomplete or opened up, her sculptures are like silent citation marks that reiterate the objects in the room. They become the inverted commas that hold the artwork separate from the ground around it, watching the strangeness of the world from above, ‘lifting our citations loose‘…

Number Five Princelet Street is a carefully preserved early Georgian house built just off Brick Lane in 1725. The original timber panels in the rooms and hallway of the house create an ambience of domestic warmth and intimacy.

Admission: Free.

Times: Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 6pm and by appointment (0207 247 06 01).

5, Princelet Street, London, E1 6QH (nearest Underground Aldgate East or Whitechapel).