In A BoxHNC / HND Fine Art exhibition at Marble Hill House February 2008 in collaboration with English Heritage
Aya UtsunomiyaTwo-dimensional Tiger Sculpture, 2008Bamboo, paper, cotton, hay, feathersThis work was made to behave like a genuine item of Marble Hills collection. It echoes qualities contained inmany of the objects from other parts of the world imported by the original inhabitants of Marble Hill House.
Nicolette HamiltonPreservation Order, 2008Silverpoint on paperThrough Exploration of the formal qualities of micro organisms often found in historic buildings where there isprevalent damp, the artist aestheticizes the undesirable and elevates to a new status that which English Heritageseeks to exclude. Inviting a dialogue between the art work and its surroundings the work challenges ideas ofwhat should be preserved.
Simon DarbeyFlock, 2008Video, camera held by Nicolette HamiltonFlock 2008 is a 10 second recording of an area of wallpaper in the dressing room of Marble Hill House.The recording was made on the 24th January 2008. It has been slowed down and is replayed over aperiod of 90 seconds.The wallpaper from commercially available stock was hung in the late 1950’s. It is thus the oldestwallpaper in Marble Hill House.
Kate ProudmanIn her work, Kate Proudman is responding to her interest in regulation; here the controlled nature of a visit to ahistoric house.Revolt 1 and 2, 2008PaperEscaping the restrained grid of the limestone floor, the tessellations explore Marble Hill House in their own way.Subversively, they pursue new directions; disrupt the balance; create energy.Restricted (view), 2008Oil on boardA painting of an inaccessible space between the dome of the Great Room and the windows, that are concealedfrom within the house, but appear on the on the river façade.
Lynn PeaceCloe, 2008Neon lightThere are many forms of love. Here, Lynn Peace is responding to a poem by Alexander Pope, which has as itstheme, a level of revenge based on unrequited love.The work is positioned opposite the portrait of Henrietta Howard, commissioned by Pope, painted by Kneller,and presented as a gift from Pope to Henrietta.The reflection of the text piece intrudes into the portrait space, hinting at a secret history of the Dressing Room.
Eiji SakamotoBob says, everything, everything, 2008Tufnol Sheets, Aluminium Sheets, Enamel Paint, Stepper Motor and PICEiji Sakamoto installs a big version of the insect monitor which can be found underneath the chest.
Mine KawataTo The Fairest, 2008Gold leaf, wood, clay, gold size, acrylicAudio: Iliad by Homer, read by Yasumasa KawataThis work is inspired by an episode from Greek Mythology in which a golden apple is thrown into the midst ofguests at a feast.
Gillian ParsonsUntitled (Corams Fields), 2008Bamboo sticks, thread, glueIn this piece, Gillian Parsons is examining the contrast between structures. The pillars in the main hall weredesigned to suggest strength, dignity and power, albeit on a strangely domestic scale. The frailty of this piece ofwork draws attention to the illusion of grandeur inherent in the four ornamental pillars.
Jessica HoltzerUntitled, 2008Fire extinguishers, paint, fabric, glueWith these works, Jessica Holtzer responds to the purely utilitarian and unfitting appearance of the fireextinguishers in this lovingly restored 18 th century house. While the rooms burst with valuable objects, paintingsand fabrics, the health & safety promoting extinguishers are only valuable because of their protective function;they bear no cultural nor capital value whatsoever. By giving them a new appearance relating to the style of thehouse and by placing them, literally, within the cultural display, they are made art/cultural objects, giving them avalue they didn’t have before.With special thanks to Chubb Fire Ltd.