Pop Goes the Weasel Louise Winter Motorised plastic balls Dimensions variable 2017
Pots to make the painting Matt Antoniak Oil on canvas 40 x 30cm 2017
Brexit means Brexit Matt Wilkinson C-print 10 x 15cm 2017
Ford Fiesta Police Mod Joe Shaw Roof bar, rotating halogen beacons, loudhailer Dimensions variable 2017
After Dinner Mint David Donald 60 x 66cm Acrylic on linen 2017
An offsite group exhibition at Suede Gallery, Edinburgh. Les Boîtes shows works by artists involved in the running of, and those who have exhibited at Slugtown.
The exhibition title draws influence from Marcel Duchamp’s famous La Boîte-en-Valise works. The physical transportation of artwork between studio to gallery, gallery to collector, is an integral part of the exhibition process. It is often undertaken with great time, cost and effort – and frequently goes unseen.
In Les Boîtes the idea of visibility is brought to the fore. All the works exhibited are presented in custom-made shipping crates. This display mechanic riffs off the ultimate end point for so much art. Paradoxically, despite being designed to be seen, many artworks will spend much of their lifetime in crates; stored out of sight in warehouses in tax-havens. The curatorial decision to frame the works in crates acknowledges both this and the transportation process, but also operates as a method of display that levels the playing field, enabling the works to exist in a space without hierarchy.
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Slugtown is an artist-run gallery based in Shieldfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne