Looking back at the Hanover Space Gallery and options to stay inside forever.
Hanover Space is a spare room gallery that I founded in my flat in Peckham. We only had the chance to do one show before everything got shut down. But now the gallery is a studio, and a laundry room and a plant nursery and a place where I spy at the neighbors and mutter to my self that they are obviously throwing recycling in with the general waste.
What if you never left your flat ever again? Either by choice, by pandemic related government sanctions or fear of getting robbed in a Morrison’s parking lot, like what happened to my flat mate last night. How long would you be content with the resources you’ve got? How long would you make work? How long could you make relevant work? Also, what is relevant work.
Can you make art in a vacuum? Is there such a thing as a vacuum anymore, with our infinite access to everything all the time?
Vacuum is american for hoover. I’d like to make work in a hoover. We have Hetty the hoover because she was 20% cheaper than Henry. That’s a piece of work right there just waiting to happen!
If you’d never leave your space again and only use the materials readily available to you, would your practice just become one big navel inspection? Isn’t that basically what all art practice is about, if you look at it with a microscope?
I think that during lock down my practice has become slightly less narcissistic and more research based than before, now I’m researching other peoples narcissism because I’ve had too much time with my own.