- Bobbie Fennick – Elements
- Bobbie Fennick, Elements – Jean-Paul Martinon
- Simon Streather – Objects
- Simon Streather, Objects – Jean-Paul Martinon
6 February - 26 February 1993
Rear Window, 58 Lambs Conduit Street, London WC1
“The works are made from scraps and detritus, from painting materials, hardware, flotsam and jetsam, simple ordinary things. They are made clearly, openly, in a state of divagation, accepting the individual nature of the materials used. Their making engages with the destructive nature of creation. They exist as sketches, notations, ideas that are made and found unpolished. They express an attitude to living and making, not codified opinions. They are expressive of themselves and distant from me, creating a space to see, a result of my activity.” Simon Streather
On the walls of the gallery, irritatingly disingenuous configurations invite the viewer to wander/wonder around tiny slopes and sequences made of wood, paper and steel. These configurations—the objects—are snatched out of a restless continuum of making and embody stages of a journey that seems to be without beginning or end.
They have a disarming, almost unreasonable simplicity, which belies their artificial ingenuity. They seem to express a sensibility refusing to be pinned down, preferring to escape intellect and emotion for silent sensation.
In his first solo show since leaving Byam Shaw in 1992, Simon Streather has attempted to eradicate all kinds of academic support from his work and has developed his wall pieces into a crucial interplay between the necessity of making and the difficulty of reading.