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Shreds of Evidence - Museum of Garden History

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SIMON Woolham’s first solo exhibition in London since 2001, Shreds of Evidence, runs from May 25 to August 26, 2007, at London’s Museum of Garden History.

In November 2006, artist Simon Woolham started a four month residency at the Museum of Garden History developing works that subtly dialogue with the Museum architecture and artefacts. During that time he also ran a series of workshops with year 5 pupils from Walnut Tree Walk School, a primary school located in the vicinity of the Museum.

The children’s workshops have concentrated on the exploration of their favourite places both in the playground and in the Museum. Using drawing, language, digital manipulation and sound, the children have produced a variety of works which will be presented in the school – three-dimensional paper models – and in the Museum – drawings in snowdomes and digital animations.

Referencing the philosophical and spatial experiences found in the museum, Woolham’s work will take the form of interventions within the displays and digital animations to be shown on security cameras as if they were inherently part of the life of the Museum.

The interventions reflect the artist’s interest in the overlooked, neglected spaces where a lost narrative could unexpectedly unfold. Made of paper, either chewed, cut, torn or twisted, these quirky bits become witty comments and poetic gestures nesting amongst the garden tools.

The animations are made by photographing the interventions in situ and animating the image. The paper ‘sculptures’ appear to respond to their surrounding – jerky movement and undefined sound give the impression that they are brought to life by feeding on the hidden energy of the host building.

A publication featuring the work produced during the residency, with a commissioned text by Lisa Le Feuvre, will be available.

Woolham’s residency has been funded by the Arts Council and the Museum of Garden History; and the exhibition is presented by Parabola.

Venue: Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB.

Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am to 5:00pm.

Admission: suggested donation £3 per adult, £2.50 concessions.

For more information call 020 7401 8865 or visit the Museum of Garden History and the Parabola Trust websites.