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CURRENT EXHIBITION

DARREN COFFIELD:
PSYCHO

Private View: Fri. 31st Oct. 2014, 7PM - 9:30PM
Exhibit Open 1st - 23rd Nov. & 10th - 24th Dec. 2014


Darren Coffield, Psycho, (study), acrylic on canvas, 40cm x 51cm 2014

DARYL BROWN

Site Specific Commission for
Hackney Wicked Art Festival
Curated by The Residence Gallery
Currently on display at Bream Street, Bow, London E3 until 2015


Daryl Brown, Living living living living life, concrete, steel, wood, resin, 2014

The Residence Gallery has selected Daryl Brown to create a public memorial artwork for
Hackney Wicked Art Festival. Daryl has been a long-term resident and practicing artist in East London, with his studio planted right along the edge of the Olympic stadium. His work makes use of discarded materials and detritus from his surrounding environment. “Living living living living life” is a site-specific piece Daryl has created for the festival and it will remain in its location on Bream Street in Fish Island for at least 6 months following. It features a bright large disc jetting out of the landscape on a steel spike rising from the ground. The disc is made out of wood, resin, steel and concrete. These materials are meticulously arranged together and transformed into a highly polished iconic work set in the area’s last plot of overgrown “wasteland,” against a backdrop of the Olympic stadium and the “ArcelorMittal Orbit” sculpture/observation tower by Anish Kapoor.

The curatorial theme for the project 'a memorial for the wasteland', stems from the pre-Olympic/pre-gentrification history of Hackney Wick. At the time when Hackney Wicked was founded in the garden of The Residence Gallery, the area was connected to a strong sense of radical freedom afforded by the surrounding wasteland, disused warehouses, wild flowers, traveler communities, spiritualists, ravers, vagrants and artists. Anything seemed possible. The 'wasteland' welcomed the outsiders, offered cheap rents and plenty of space to explore and experiment. Post-Olympics, the wasteland is undergoing "regeneration", and the creative lifestyle is branded, packaged and sold as "legacy" while fewer and fewer creatives can continue to afford it. Interestingly, the “wasteland” is rarely conserved or valued as a positive contribution to social change. Like the wasteland, the communities that thrive in raw discarded landscapes are so easily wiped out and forgotten. Daryl Brown states about his piece: "I have tried to create a monument to the cut and paste community that is the Hackney Wick I remember.

Daryl Brown's sculpture Living living living living life is located on Bream Street, E3.
See map here.

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