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.