Annabel Duggleby | Eternal Spring (2015)
The intersection of culture, nature and power is central to my artistic practice. My work for Sight Specific, Eternal Spring (2015), was inspired by the changing architectural, economic and social landscape of Clapham Orangery. The sculptures act as sweetly grotesque imagined relics whose mutable, fleshy forms question ideas of value, preservation and decay. Inspired by Jacob Jordaens’ painting, An Allegory of Fruitfulness (1620-29), which depicts Pomona, the Roman goddess of orchards, gardens and the ripening harvest, Eternal Spring exposes tension between the inevitable process of decay and our desire to control.
Christopher Beattie | Conceptual Voids (2015)
My idea is to place a large cube of plaster in the space and to break one corner open with a hammer. In doing this I hope to reveal the hollow nature of the cube along with its material qualities and how it was made. The modernist era this cube relates to contrasts with the Orangery’s late 18th century architecture. I hope this will open a dialogue between the cube, the Orangery and the modern buildings that have built up around this relic from the past.
Corie McGowan | Untitled (2015)
Highly eye-pleasing and mesmerizing colours are generated in an obscenely grotesque approach. The work advocates this sense of pleasure and indulgence in viewing overly decorative and excessive visuals. The act of looking is emphasized through the physicality of the materials and their presence. Touching upon ideas to do with how commercials control audiences to essentially ‘sell’ using sexually infused imagery. Exploring aspects of power and how seductive imagery is used to lure audiences in as a powerful tool used to manipulate and make viewers feel titillated. Attempting to engage the viewer in the same dazzle in which captivates audiences through advertising and the media.
Ellie Power | Are We There Yet? (2015)
Are We There Yet? considers the Orangery’s recent history, if and when it will reach its fulfillment.
Gen Doy | Oranges From Afar (2015)
In this short performance viewers and listeners are invited to consider fruit (such as the orange), which is imported from tropical and sub-tropical regions into countries in the northern hemisphere, such as the UK. The economic transportation of this agricultural produce parallels the journey of migrants moving from the warm but relatively impoverished South, to the cold of the North.
Kirsty Tinkler | In An Order (2015)
'In An Order', is a group of paving slabs that are situated between the ionic columns of the Orangery. Each paver is etched with a Latin word that is still in use today, creating a list of parts that are assembled in the structure. To enter the portico the audience engages physically with the work in the act of stepping and standing on the pavers. Just as the Orangery stands on the shoulders of antiquity, representing ideals of high western culture and civilization, so to the audience stands on these foundation stones.
Noot.Club | Fountain (2015)
Austin swims in a plaster disk housed inside a water fountain on top of a plinth made up of MDF with plaster inserts that resemble drops or rainfall or streams resting vertically on the stone floor of an XVIII century neoclassical Orangery portico sitting strangely enough in the middle of a post-war housing development in one of London's leafier zone two areas where apparently if you are lucky enough you can run into JK Rowling or at least that is what Austin told me that day we went swimming.
Ramona Zoladek | Untitled (2015)
This work is created from a reflection on the architectural forms found within a particular place. The Orangery has lost its function, it is derelict. It is becoming overgrown by nature and affected by the weather yet it dominates the open space. When constructing I mimicked the space by casting gardening buckets in plaster mixed with seeds. I stacked different sized casts on top of each other imitating the column of the Orangery. I translated symbolic elements by combining them into one piece.
Rebecca Brennan | Out of Service (2015)
The piece of work ‘Out of Service’ is part of a series of works called ‘UK Laid Bare’.
This series deals with homelessness and evictions from homes within London.
‘Out of Service’ is made from a single mattress stripped back to reveal the internal layers; the straps and handles are from World War II and has been reworked to provide a portable bed for the night with homeless veterans in mind. It is believed that 1 in 10 of the homeless on London’s streets are ex service men and women.