Multiple market, 12 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, 29 November - 20 December 2012 Following the great success of our previous Farmers’ Markets, Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce multiple market. Our new collection of multiples offers a new take on our biannual investigation into connoisseurship, proximity of fine food and fine art and various other aspects of consumption and exchange of ideas. We will present a great range of produce from over 30 suppliers at the very best prices. read more ...
Crating, Greyfriars, Saltergate, Lincoln, 9 November - 16 December 2012 I wonder what an Imp would do to the Crate. A long time ago two Imps caused mayhem in the North of England. ‘They smashed tables and chairs and tripped up the Bishop’. An angel intervened and one Imp was turned to stone and the other was given a chance to escape. The one turned to stone was left on high where only the hawk-eyed can spot it….what has happened tothe other one?read more ...
Saso Sedlacek and Lada Cerar, Remains Of The Empire, 27 September – 17 October Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce Remains of The Empire, a collaborative exhibition by Slovenian artists Lada Cerar and Saso Sedlacek. The project explores one particular infrastructural remnant of the British Empire, the Anglo-Saxon loo in relation to the other types of loo such as French and German. It is commonly known that many empires paved the road to industrialization and enforced hygienic standards on many nations around the world. These types of loo are still a hygienic standard in many formerly colonized countries as well as the Austro-Hungarian railway tracks being in use in central Europe even today and Spanish urbanism in Americas, these different infrastructures still silently talk about former borderlines among historical empires. read more ...
Gerard Williams, The Collected Works, 19 –21 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, 25 February – 31 March 2011 Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of six new works including three new installations by British artist Gerard Williams.
The show builds on a body of work that Williams has evolved over the past few years. Initially he ‘dressed’ plausibly domestic windows, ones visible from the street and near to the commissioning institutions. These interventions set out to evoke in the mind of the viewer, the private lives of inhabited spaces, creating through a combination of carefully selected clues, imagined portraits of possible inhabitants... more...
Super Farmers’ Market, 19-21 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, WC1 18 June-17 July 2010 Super Farmers’ Market is the second in a series of group
shows that teases at the possible proximity of two
forms of specialist consumption: fine food and fine art.... more...
Kalemegdan Bridge Collaboration with Richard Deacon and Mrdjan Bajic, 2008 to 2010 Handel Street Projects in association with Beacon is pleased to announce The Kalmegdan Bridge Collaboration between British sculptor, Richard Deacon and Serbian sculptor, Mrdjan Bajic. Coming together in Belgrade in July and September of this year they will work on the design of a new footbridge in Belgrade... more...
Farmers' Market, First Floor, 72 Wigmore Street, London W1, 2008 ‘..a farmers’ market every weekend, in every shopping area in London’, is the proposal of a new report being launched by former Deputy Mayor of London, Jenny Jones. The report ‘Farmers’ Markets – building bridges between farmers and London shoppers’, finds that there is surging demand for farmers markets amongst Londoners. Farmers’ markets are the urban shop windows to the countryside. Following the spirit of the Deputy Mayor, Handel Street Projects is very pleased to announce its own annual Farmers’ Market... more...
The Reading Room, John Plowman, 29 Thurloe Place, London SW7, 2008 Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by John Plowman. The objects that Plowman has been making recently are the outcomes of performances in which the private act of reading is made public, as the book is read the pages are torn and re-stacked within a plywood structure... more...
1-5 Exhibition Road, London, 2008 Works by Olivier Richon, Stefan Sehler and Gerard Williams. Photographer, painter and sculptor, they share an interest in the illusion of what is ‘behind’ the physical object in terms of meaning... more...
Sequences, Chain Gallery, London, 2006 'Sequences' was an exhibition held at Chain Gallery, a temporary project space on Brompton road, featuring shows and events throughout the summer of 2006... more...
St George's Chapel, Bloomsbury, London, April 2005 The chapel was built in 1806 to serve the last of Nicolas Hawksmore’s churches... more...
medievalmodern, London, 2002-2005 Medievalmodern was a project space in London’s Marylebone that opened in 2002, which aimed to stimulate a dialogue between medieval and contemporary art... more...
Handel Street Projects
19 – 21 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn
Gerard Williams, The Collected Works,
19 –21 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, 25 February – 31 March 2011...
Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of six new works including three new installations by British artist Gerard Williams.
The show builds on a body of work that Williams has evolved over the past few years. Initially he ‘dressed’ plausibly domestic windows, ones visible from the street and near to the commissioning institutions. These interventions set out to evoke in the mind of the viewer, the private lives of inhabited spaces, creating through a combination of carefully selected clues, imagined portraits of possible inhabitants. This approach plays on the prejudices and assumptions that we associate with particular objects or visual styles. It reveals something of how we all use these cues to categorise or typecast individuals who we do not know.
Alongside these, Williams has produced a series of windows for the architectural context of gallery spaces, including a number for his solo exhibition, Fictional Neighbors, at Parker’s Box in New York City (2007). These works also suggest inhabited spaces through the use of both home made and appropriated materials, deploying inference and calling upon a similar process of referencing on the part of the viewer. In this case, however, an interior space is implied where one cannot exist.
For Handel Street Projects at 19-21 Sicilian Avenue, and for the first time in the UK, Williams presents a group of these works, entitled The Collectors, which takes the form of windows embedded within the walls of the gallery space in a similar manner to those made for New York.
This exhibition will also occupy the street level windows of a number of empty shops owned by Camden Council at 10 Woburn Walk, 19 Bury Place and 115 Clerkenwell Road. Here, adopting a new approach, Williams will transform each of these empty shop windows into a ‘store’ containing a large number of a specific category of redundant, declining or outmoded consumer products (in this instance books, vinyl records and clothing), thereby touching upon aspects of consumption, recession, nostalgia and the march of technology, seen here in a district with a long history of trade and manufacturing.
The work of Gerard Williams has always been socially grounded, often inviting the audience to re-examine culturally-founded preconceptions. Throughout this entire body of work Williams uses fabric, timber and found objects with his trademark meticulousness and attention to detail, to pursue concerns arising from the relationship of opposites: inside and outside, private and public, made and found, real and pretend. Through all this he questions aspects of the position, reception and role of the artwork relative to context.
The Collectors, 19-21 Sicilian Avenue
The Collectors, 19-21 Sicilian Avenue
The Collectors, 19-21 Sicilian Avenue
Over the last three decades Williams’ work has been widely exhibited by international institutions and public galleries. He has also worked with major commercial galleries including both Anthony d’Offay and Maureen Paley in London. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including The Sandretto Re-Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; The Arts Council of England Collection; The Contemporary Art Society, London; Castello di Rivara, Turin; Leeds City Art Gallery and The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, which owns three of his recent window works.
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Handel Street Projects would like to thank Holborn Links Ltd., Camden Council, GVA Grimley and Skoob Books for making this exhibition possible.
The Record Store, 19 Bury Place
The Book Store, 10 Woburn Walk
The Clothing Store, 115 Clerkenwell Road
Super Farmers’ Market’ Super Farmers’ Market’, 19-21 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, WC1 18 June-17 July 2011 This year’s produce comes from the following sources:
Rasheed Araeen, Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor,
Stuart Brisley, Richard Deacon, Braco Dimitrijevic,
Mary Anne Francis, Martino Gamper, Lucy Gunning,
Lucy Heyward, Susan Hiller, Andy Holden, Koo
Jeong-A, Ian Kiaer, Sharon Kivland, Darian Leader,
Sarah Lucas, Hayley Newman, Tina O’Connell, Lucy
Orta, Nicholas Pope, Giorgio Sadotti, Saso Sedlacek,
Jane Simpson, Bob & Roberta Smith, Rasa Todosijevic,
Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Richard Wentworth, Franz West,
Alison Wilding, Gerard Williams, Elizabeth Wright.
Nicholas Pope, Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor
Richard Wentworth, Tina O’Connell, Alison Wilding, Braco Dimitrijevic, Elizabeth Wright, Rasa Todosijevic, Martino Gamper
Super Farmers’ Market is the second in a series of group
shows that teases at the possible proximity of two
forms of specialist consumption: fine food and fine art.
Franz West, ‘Chewed Gum’
Richard Deacon, Wait Rose
The first Farmers’ Market took place in London’s
Wigmore Street in 2008, showcasing 24 producers, and
was herded by farmer and de-curator Fedja Klikovac,
Director of Handel Street Projects. And just as the
weekly Farmers’ Market offers the discerning customer
informed selections of the very best produce,
so this annual version does with art, combining the idea
of a selected exhibition as an exercise in connoisseurship
with the recognition that art is nevertheless also
This year’s show, curated by two experts in the field,
Mary Anne Francis and Lucy Heyward, is themed
around the idea of ‘upcycling’: the current trend for
taking low-grade artefacts that might be destined for
landfill and enhancing their value by means of handwrought
interventions. To this end, 32 artists have been
asked to produce artworks using low-cost supermarket
goods: groceries, cleaning materials and discarded
packaging. Continuing the Farmers’ Market theme, artists
are encouraged to resource their materials locally.
Alison Wilding, Pruneyes
Stuart Brisley, ‘The Last Breath’
As part of the exhibition we will be showing Agnes
Varda’s film The Gleaners and I.
Koo Jeong-A, Untitled
Saso Sedlacek, Salami Condoms
Handel Street Projects Kalemegdan Bridge Collaboration with Richard Deacon and Mrdjan Bajic, 2008 to 2010
An exciting new public art project for the City of Belgrade Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce the exhibition of work by Richard Deacon and Mrdjan Bajic. The show will take place at the City of Belgrade Assembly and Gallery ULUS (Serbian Artists Union), opening on 16 April. It will present, not only the artists final designs of the footbridge at Belgrade Fortress, but the whole process of collaborating together in the last eight months. The proposed bridge will connect Kalemegdan Fortress with the promenade by the river Sava, over the busy road and railway track, bringing to the City of Belgrade a landmark structure at a very symbolic place, which used to be the border between east and west.
Aerial view of Kalemegdan Fortress and Park
Three possible locations for the Bridge
The exhibition will be the first stages of creating a major landmark for the City of Belgrade and the first time since the 19th Century that an artist from another country is involved in the production of a public monument in Belgrade. In 1873 Florentine, Enrico Paci came to Belgrade to start work on the monument to Prince Mihailo Obrenovic, who ordered the creation of Kalemegdan Park in 1867.
Kalemegdan (Belgrade) Fortress, is a heritage site dating back to at least Roman times with several Serbian cultural institutions in its grounds and many public monuments including Ivan Mestrovic’s ‘Victor’, symbol of Belgrade.
Richard Deacon & Mrdjan Bajic on site
Access to Bridge from Fortress
Deacon and Bajic represented Wales and Serbia, respectively at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Richard Deacon has been at the forefront of British sculpture since the seventies. In 1987 he was awarded the Turner Prize and showed in many prestigious art galleries and events around the world including Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tate Gallery, Museum of Modern Art New York, Biennal de Sao Paulo, Sculptur Projekte in Munster, The Biennale of Sydney, Documenta Kassel etc. Since 1983, he’s been represented and regularly shown at Lisson Gallery, London.
Access to Bridge from River
Mrdjan Bajic came to prominence in the eighties Belgrade and since then produced a vast body of work in rather different circumstances: from the lively post Tito Yougoslavia, to the isolated nineties wartime and at present new start for independent Serbia. His work was always embedded in the social practice and its effects, questioning and giving answers to the position of the artist in society. His work has been shown internationally from early in his career including 1990 APERTO La Biennale di Venezia,Kunsthalle Wien, The Biennale of Sydney, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Artists Space New York, Biennal di Sao Paulo etc.
medievalmodern medievalmodern was a project space in London’s Marylebone that opened in 2002, which aimed to stimulate a dialogue between medieval and contemporary art. We would invite artists to produce work which resonate with and sometimes incorporate medieval pieces. Through this project we aimed to raise a variety of issues ranging from traditional art historical concerns about provenance, museum and exhibition spaces and the decontextualising of the image to more recent issues such as institutional critique, physical and ideological influences of the exhibition site, relation of original to copy, psychological aspects of collecting, the desire of the private collector to assemble and organise, and exploring different aspects of art making and collecting.
The shows have all been enthusiastically received attracting press coverage, reviews and a large public attendance at the gallery. Shows included:
Povenance: Gerard Williams, exploring the route of both historic significance and monetary value of medieval objects.
'Provenance', Gerard Williams, 2002.
Scriptorium: John Plowman, in which the methodology of medieval manuscript and his own activity of making drawing with the process of writing are seen as parallel activities.
Nuffin is Reel: Bob & Roberta Smith, with his questioning of the notions of originality and craftsmanship through celebration of invented personae and the tensions between high and low culture.
'Nuffin is Reel', Bob & Roberta Smith, 2003.
Virtues: Catherine Harper, exploring the territories of biological inter-sex, (where anatomical, cellular, hormonal and / or genetic sex signifiers are mixed), transvestism and gender fantasy.
The Hours: The Constructed World, dealing with themes of continuity, permanence, and the cyclical as they move from one country to another echoing the match between time and image found in the Book of Hours of the middle ages.
Broken by Chance: Braco Dimitrijevic, continuing his long-standing engagement with the history of art, inspired by his thought that ‘our environment is not physical space but cultural heritage.
The Goat: Mark Fairnington & Oliver Richon, appropriating two incompatible signs to establish a witty play of genre.
Fragments: Richard Deacon & Gerard Williams, tackling the long running architectural concern about relationship between the part and the whole.
'Aspire', Richard Deacon, 2004.
Middle Epics : Wayne Lloyd in a series of performances with storyboards and texts from films with a medieval story line.
'Middle Epics', Wayne Lloyd, 2005. Performance of 'The Seventh Seal'.
St George’s Chapel, Bloomsbury, April 2005 The chapel was built in 1806 to serve the last of Nicolas Hawksmore’s churches, St George’s in Bloomsbury. We used this space for an installation by Mary Anne Francis ‘Bloomsbury Blooms' which used various cleaning utensils to create a magnificent flower arrangement and Lucy Heyward’s ‘Voices’ using archival recordings of people living and working in the area played simultaneously from 6 CD players.
Sequences, Chain Gallery, London, 2006 'Sequences' was an exhibition held at Chain Gallery, a temporary project space on Brompton road, featuring shows and events throughout the summer of 2006, kindly supported by Brompton Estates. The show was curated in collaboration with Design Products and Photography at the Royal College of Art and Handel Street Projects, showing work by: Alice Finbow, Martino Gamper, Lucy Heyward, Gabriel Klasmer, Nahoko Kudo, Claude Lelouch, Yve Lomax, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Alexandra McGlynn, Kirk Palmer, Olivier Richon and Hermione Wiltshire. Our part of the show consisted of four digital video installations, exploring the spaces between forms of photography and film.
1-5 Exhibition Road, London, 2008 17 March – 17 April 2008
Works by Olivier Richon, Stefan Sehler and Gerard Williams. Photographer, painter and sculptor, they share an interest in the illusion of what is ‘behind’ the physical object in terms of meaning. Formal elements constantly reoccur and link different bodies of work on a visual level in all three cases. Their work questions aspects of our preconceived ideas about the mediums and materials they each work with.
In Olivier Richon’s photographs velvet is used, partly for its strong light absorbing qualities and painterly feel. The object in his work transcends the symbolic, becoming elusive and hard to pin down. His work is about absence and presence, timelessness opposed to immediacy of photographic medium. It is a meditation on the meaning of photography before relating to the painting itself. Here, he is showing works from his Arcadia series, (referring to the famous Poussin painting) which “reduces the vocabulary of the still life to the baroque figure of the fold”, (Giorgio Verzotti, Artforum, Oct 1992) and The Hunt that “adds to the apparatus of the still life sentences from Plato’s Sophist”. (David Mellor, Porfolio 21).
The starting point for Stefan Sehler’s paintings is photography. At the first glance they appear to be photographs or even photograms, as their surface is hidden behind the perspex to which he reverse applies the mixture of oil, enamel and acrylic paint. His unusual technique makes the surface look suspended within it, distancing itself from the viewer. Motifs of flowers, trees, branches and foliage etc. are not representations as such: they are more about the act of painting itself. These ‘surrogate’ paintings are a play between abstraction and figuration, they use controlled chance where “paint does things it’s own way” as the artist himself says. He adds: “The picture is smarter than the painter”.
In this new group of works, Gerard Williams questions and reinvents an approach developed early in his career. He has devised and repeated a range of essentially decorative, modular, solid turned wooden forms. These are covered with a disparate variety of furnishing fabrics. Located in awkward places on the gallery walls, they make use of juxtaposition in order to suggest an infinite variety of combinations. These objects are hybrids, apparently accidental, incomplete conjunctions. They set up a dynamic that focuses our attention upon what could be called the surface content of decorative pattern and form: behind the apparently superficial inevitably lie deeply embedded cultural values. These objects share the wall surface in a way that connects to the notion of picture plane.
Handel Street Projects would like to thank: Brompton Estates and the Brompton design project; supporting the partnership between the creative and business sectors. www.bromptondesigndistrict.com
Basis Lighting for their technical support. www.basislighting.com.
The Reading Room, John Plowman, 29 Thurloe Place, London SW7, 2008
24 July – 16 August 2008
Private View: Wednesday 23 July 18:00 – 20:00
Location: 29 Thurloe Place, London SW7
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Handel Street Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by John Plowman. The objects that Plowman has been making recently are the outcomes of performances in which the private act of reading is made public, as the book is read the pages are torn and re-stacked within a plywood structure. Using his own library as his source material Plowman has read a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica to produce ‘mis-un-pedia’ and ‘mis-un-library’.
From left: ‘Mis-un-pedia’, 2008; 'English Idioms’, 2008, John Plowman
More recently Plowman has been scanning the bookshelves of High Street bookstores and purchasing books to read. ‘Queens English’ is a work in which multiple copies of an English Dictionary have been read and re-stacked on to book shelves. Recently acquired books to be read specifically for this exhibition include a hefty tome entitled ‘30,000 years of Art’ together with a series of dictionaries whose topics include sociology, philosophy and architecture.
For the duration of the exhibition Plowman will be establishing the Thurloe Place Reading Group in which the focus will be on the relationship between artist, audience, and gallery, analogous to that between author, reader and library. Membership of the Reading Group will be open to all and each week will focus on a particular book and members of the group will engage in a collaborative and performative action. Resulting in an accumulative piece of work that will develop over the course of the exhibition
‘Queens English’, 2008; performance during Reading Room exhibition, John Plowman, 2008
John Plowman has exhibited in numerous one person and group exhibitions in this country and abroad most recently earlier this year in ‘Catching the Word’ at the Black and White Gallery, New York. In recent years his interest has been in the temporal aspect of art production in which investigations into the possibility of the site of exhibition also being the site of production have been fore fronted. With a particular focus on the question of who bears witness to this activity of production, artist, audience or both. It is his interest in the role of the audience that has informed the development of his curatorial project Beacon which was established in 2004.
The Thurloe Place Reading Group will meet at 3 pm every Saturday during the course of the exhibition.
For further information please contact:
Clare Munro 07815 754634 / email@example.com / www.handelstreetprojects.com
Handel Street Projects would like to thank: Brompton Estates and the Brompton design project; supporting the partnership between the creative and business sectors.
Farmers' Market, First Floor, 72 Wigmore Street, London W1, 2008
12 November – 20 December 2008
Private View: Tuesday 11 November 18:00 – 20:00
Location: First Floor, 72 Wigmore Street, London W1
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
This years produce comes from the following sources:
Gabriele Di Matteo
Mary Anne Francis
Bob & Roberta Smith
‘..a farmers’ market every weekend, in every shopping area in London’, is the proposal of a new report being launched by former Deputy Mayor of London, Jenny Jones. The report ‘Farmers’ Markets – building bridges between farmers and London shoppers’, finds that there is surging demand for farmers markets amongst Londoners. Farmers’ markets are the urban shop windows to the countryside.
From left: 'Resurrection of Alchemists' installation shot, Braco Dimitrijevic, 2006;
'Game Flags', print on textile, Vuk Cosic, 2007
Following the spirit of the Deputy Mayor, Handel Street Projects is very pleased to announce its own annual Farmers’ Market. This event brings together products from twenty-four producers, especially gathered in for Farmers’ Market, celebrating the best from a selected range of independents. Indeed, Handel Street Projects is able to offer you unprecedented direct deals with the producer, meaning that you get the freshest produce rushed to the capital at the very best prices.
From left: 'Chop Chop Tales', Loukia Alavanou, double screen digital video projection with sound, 2007;
'En Route', digital video with sound, Lucy Heyward, 2008
Hand picked produce chosen from nine countries will be available. At Farmers’ Market you can be sure of our in depth knowledge of each and every item because of our direct supply line to the producers. All invited participants take personal pride in their individual products and want you to enjoy them. The emphasis will be on freshness, variety and quality as well as value for money, so that you can have complete confidence in what you are buying. If you are not sure about anything that we have selected for Farmers’ Market please ask, the producers will be on hand to answer the most demanding consumer enquiries.
Bob & Roberta Smith reading from his book 'Hijack Reality' at the opening of Farmers’ Market
Zoran Popovic, Axioms 1972 C-type photograph
Farmers’ Market Installation shot
Farmers’ Market Installation shot
Bob & Roberta Smith will be reading from his new book Hijack Reality during the private view on the 11th November
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Handel Street Projects would like to thank: Howard de Walden Estates, the Photography Department at Royal College of Art and Roddy Cañas for their kind help and support.