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Temporary Fiction
3rd October - 2nd November 2003  Fri - Sun  12-6  
Late opening - Saturday 18 October until 9pm

David Burrows,
Deirdre King, Peter Lamb,
Hew Locke, Neal Rock, Danny Rolph

Transition is pleased to present Temporary Fiction which brings together six UK artists whose work encompases different aspects of visual art practice today. The show explores the narrative constructs of each artist’s work with the creation of a ‘fantasy’ gallery, designed and constructed inside Transition by artists Hew Locke and Danny Rolph.

The nature of the environment responds to the work of each artist exhibiting, forming new associations as the group dynamic is transformed. The gallery is an extension of Hew Locke’s current practice which saw him explore commodity and class hierarchy in his Cardboard Palace installation at Chisenhale in 2002. Danny Rolph’s large scale Makrolan plastic paintings are also newly conceived and form part of the material construct of the gallery. His paintings, with their energetic architectural qualities, now form a container both literally and narratively for the works exhibited within.

Neal Rock and Deirdre King have both developed work that is conscious of painting’s status as a commodity. Rock, using silicone piped through icing cake nozzles, makes work that envelops its support structure, thriving on a sense of artificiality and the baroque. For this show Deirdre King has created dried skins of paint folded into cardboard box containers, also indicating a desire for excess and an interest in their consumption materially and conceptually.

Peter Lamb’s work uses found copies of old paintings and other items of ephemera to create new works that are at once objects, trophies and images. They display an interest in cultural sublimation and nostalgia, hovering between homage, appropriation and defacement.

David Burrow’s work plays on the tautology of images and objects that display a clear sense of their fiction / construction within their own visual logic. His Borgesian play within a myriad of interchangeable worlds highlights one of the main themes of the exhibition; how narratives are constructed and within those constructions where other possibilities unravel.