Room for Negotiation is an exhibition concerned with spatial relationships, interdisciplinary practices, and the negotiation of space itself. It brings together the works of James Collins, Katya Derksen, Luke Godfrey, and Hannah Weatherhead. Drawing influence from increasingly overlapping fields of art, architecture, technology, (etc.), and their associated practices, it explores a sense of “spatial negotiation” by looking at the exhibition as a type of medium. A diverse yet interrelated set of works ranging from paintings to sculptures, installations, architectural models and site-specific interventions occupy the gallery, having evolved through a playful curatorial process.
With differences in form and approach, the works all discuss in some way a sense of preoccupation with how space is encountered and translated through layered creative processes. Together they evoke questions about viewing - the physical and visual experience, and conceptually navigating oneself through a space (be it of the gallery, a picture plane or of one’s own practice) - and about the act itself of looking, defining and understanding.
The title makes reference to the functional elements of the gallery space and the discursive approach that has driven the construction of the show. It also refers to the increasing elasticity of definitions such as ‘painting’, ‘sculpture’, ‘drawing’ (etc) within contemporary practice, and the subsequent potential that lies in adopting such unprescriptive approaches to production and curating.
Open 25th June- 17th July, Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm.
Private View Thursday 25th June 5-8pm.
Herbert Read Gallery,
University for the Creative Arts Canterbury,
New Dover Rd,
Canterbury, Kent CT1 3AN.