GOSHKA MACUGA

04 March - 17 April 2005

Selected Works

Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005
Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005
Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005
Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005
Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005
Goshka Macuga, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2005

Press Release

Goshka Macuga’s practice explores traditions of archiving, museum display and public spectacle in ways that disorientate and delight. In previous exhibitions she has provided a total unifying environment for the exhibition of other artists’ work, collections of books or curiosities. Once displayed together all these parts then amass into a whole that is part choreography, part collaboration.

At Gasworks Gallery in 2003 Macuga commissioned a replica of the ‘Picture Room’ designed by John Soane for his house in Lincoln Inn Fields. Works by contemporary and historical artists were displayed in a complex sequence of hinged portals creating a gallery within a gallery.

The new work in this exhibition incorporates a reading desk and specially leather-bound books. The books themselves are pre-existing monographs on artists, such as Duchamp and Picabia, and build into a brief canonical survey of twentieth-century high points. However, after Macuga’s subjective rescripting, even these art-historical absolutes become malleable.

Goshka Macuga, born 1967 Poland, lives and works in London.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Kabinett der Abstraction, 2003, Bloomberg Space, London, Picture Room, 2003, Gasworks Gallery, London. Group exhibitions;
Automn Catalog Leather Fringes, 2004, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland, Perfectly Placed, 2004, South London Gallery.

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