INTERNATIONAL LAWNS, Joppatowne (Snowmobile), 1974/2013,
1 unique press photograph and 1 inkjet print, 46x38cm framed
INTERNATIONAL LAWNS is a London based design group founded in 2013 by Andrew Curtis and Niall Monro. For Wintergarden they unpick a 1974 press photograph of a snowmobile used as lawn decoration in Joppatowne, Maryland, USA. A composed text on display in the Front Tea Room of Sutton House hopes to 'explain' why a snowmobile used as lawn decoration might not be out of place in Joppatowne, the planned unit development now standing on the land that was once Joppa Town. The other various works on show explore notions of use, social history and bad luck.
Photo editor Alex Mckellar has worked with IL to present a series of alternative images of the snowmobile.
Collaborating with model maker Rebecca Eastland, a water clear cast resin 'icicle' (in the Courtyard at Sutton House) takes the shape of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls. The confluence of these rivers once formed the port of Joppa Town, a major colonial seaport, before a sequence of unfortunate events lead to its decline.
Musician and songwriter Rhys Baker has been commissioned by IL to compose an audio piece in response to the photograph of the snowmobile. This is available to listen to in the Front Tea Room.
INTERNATIONAL LAWNS with Alex McKellar, Joppatowne (Snowmobile Light), Joppatowne (Snowmobile Moderate), Joppatowne (Snowmobile Heavy), 2013, 3 inkjet prints, each edition 5 + 1 artist proof, 34x42cm unframed
Andrew Curtis, MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, 2009. Recent exhibitions include Post Industrial Aesthetics with Leon Chew, DarkMatterStudio, London, 2013; Carousel, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2013; The Leisure Circle, PayneShurvell (offsite), London 2013; Recording Britain, V&A, London, 2012; House Plants, PayneShurvell, London, 2012 and Collaborators 3, ROOM, London, 2012.
Niall Monro, Ravensbourne, London, 1980. Exhibitions include INTERNATIONAL LAWNS, Toolshed, Frome, 2013; Your Garden is Looking a Mess, Could You Please Tidy It Up, PayneShurvell, London, 2011; Back To Kassel: Grafik und Illustration, Kunstverein Fridericianum, Kassel, 2001; This is an Original Piece of Evidence, Bound + Unbound, New York, 1998; Caravan Conference, Messezentrum, Art Nurnberg 8, 1993.