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Idea Homes
Antonio Gianasi  Cathy Lomax  Alex Michon

Home where my thought’s escaping, Home where my music's playing,
Home where my love lies waiting, Silently for me*

Home may be where the heart is but it is also the place where it can be broken. In Ideal Homes three artists crack the thin veneer of makeover ‘nicey, nicey’ to uncover a place of contradictions and implications.

Why do I keep movin', never settlin' down,
Can it be I'm looking for a dream I haven't found*

Antonio Gianasi left home in search of an ideal place, somewhere different and far away. He soon realised that he had taken everything with him. His work represents a lifestyle defined by origin and routine, where domestic comforts become learned behaviours and addictions.

Come on back and play a little house
so we can act like we did before*

Cathy Lomax’s paintings of chalets, cabins and Wendy houses, represent idealised homes for escapists young and old. These homespun images sourced from abandoned 50s photo albums, photo-essays on teenage girls and pictures of weekend plotlanders are places where appearances are deceptive. This is a fantasy world that has never really existed.

Since my baby left me I’ve found a new place to dwell
down at the end of Lonely Street in Heartbreak Hotel
*

Alex Michon makes interventions with the pages from glossy interiors magazines, she draws plans and plots an imaginary revolutionary architecture bringing alive the idea that there will be homes where it is impossible not to fall in love. She says "architectural drawings have their own special beauty, freed from having to reproduce mathematically correct representations of solid buildings, I make them my own, with desire as an inherent part of the structure"

In the future everyone will live in their own cathedral*


*
Homeward Bound
– Simon & Garfunkel
*Follow That Dream – Elvis Presley
*Baby Lets Play House – Elvis Presley
*Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
*What is Situationism? A reader – Stewart Home

 

Small Cabin - Cathy Lomax
Acrylic on Paper - 2002

8 November - 1 December 2002