07 Oct 09 - 19 Oct 09
We Shall Meet on That Beautiful Shore
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Arnold Circus, E2 (temporary installation behind Trolley Gallery)
To coincide with the new location of the Zoo Art Fair in the east-end, Trolley is proud to present a temporary installation in the immediate vicinity of the fair and of Trolley Gallery by artist Tim Mitchell. Arnold Circus is a well-known local landmark, identified for its bandstand atop a green island in the heart of Shoreditch. It is both protected by residents and abused, being the victim of a recent arson attack, and very often misunderstood – many people are wary of climbing its mound to survey its slightly isolated outlook.
Tim Mitchell is an artist known for creating temporary interventions and installations in the urban landscape, from disused cinemas to the high-rise council flat of fellow artist David Fryer, Mitchell uses domestic materials such as carpets and curtains and applies them to buildings often neglected where a domestic touch is often least expected.
For this temporary installation at Arnold Circus, lasting until the end of the Zoo fair, Mitchell introduces the idea of a crop circle appearing over night, using off-cuts from carpet in a geometric and concentric arrangement. In developing a chosen design two approaches were developed. First was to mirror the geometry and structure of the roof of the Bandstand, so dealing with the architecture itself as a starting point. The second approach will be to take the crop circle as a literal point of departure, developing a pattern based on the same rules applied when making a crop circle, such as the use of overlapping curves.
The use of carpet keeps it within the realms of the dwelling. The bandstand is believed to sit on the rubble from the tenements of the cleared slum of the Old Nichol estate. The slum clearance was an early hint at gentrification with only a very small number of inhabitants being able to return to the estate post development due to the high rents.
In writings of the Old Nichol estate, considered the most violent of all the East End slums, the streets marking its boundary seem to be a constant reference; either as a boundary not to be crossed by those not inhabiting the slum, or rarely to be left for those that were. In this respect Mitchell will incorporate the notion of boundary within the geometric design of the pattern or literally sign writing the street names onto the bandstand itself. Boundary Street, Old Castle (Virginia Rd), Mount Street (Swanfield St) and Church Street (Redchurch St).
"Through the ephemeral nature of the intervention the fragile construction of the present is exposed. The dialogue between the construct of the city and everyday activities, the play between the illusionary and the real and what is seen and unseen in public life, is what interests me as an artist."