Units Moved

28 July - 12 August 2006

Units Moved is a group exhibition curated by Rich Holland, Iain Borden and Wig Worland, featuring:

Kathy Barber
Nic Clear
Peter J Evans
Richard Gilligan
Sam Griffin
Alex Hartley
Richard Holland (The Side Effects of Urethane)
Toby Paterson
Sem Rubio
Toby Shuall (The Side Effects of Urethane)
Wig Worland

Units Moved explores re-appropriations of urban space in the work of eleven different artists. Some pieces relate to specific places, such as Toby Paterson’s interpretations of modernist tower blocks and Sam Griffin’s reconstruction of Nazi plans for Jersey, while others explore how we design, draw, write and remember, including new video work by Alex Hartley, and a site-specific installation by Kathy Barber.

The art collective, The Side Effects of Urethane, will be exhibiting two ‘Moving Unit’ sculptures for skateboarders, one new and one used. There will also be new skatable sculptures being installed at the The South Bank Centre, in the Undercroft area. These are being made from solid stone and will be usable / viewable by all as part of this show.

Full list of works below:

1. ‘Moving Unit 2004’
Toby Shuall (The Side Effects of Urethane)

2. ‘Moving Unit 2006’
Richard Holland (The Side Effects of Urethane)

The art collective, The Side Effects of Urethane, are exhibiting two ‘Moving Unit’ concrete sculptures for skateboarders, one new and one used. They are suggestive playgrounds, objects precisely designed to be used by skateboarders, and left battered, scraped scarred and hammered. There are also new skatable sculptures being installed at the The South Bank Centre, in the Undercroft area. These are being made from solid stone and are usable / viewable by all as part of this show.

3. ‘Wall-piece’
Kathy Barber

This new work takes an aesthetic of traditional print design and draws on graffiti art, new media and the internet to explore notions of public space and an organic city, growing and overgrown.

4. 'Supernova Moment'
Peter J Evans

Constructed with the assistance of Viv Anderson & Ian Watson
Evans explores how systems and patterns can be found within chaos. Ideas about movement, memory, time, the un-quantifiable and aesthetic beauty have an affinity with Russell Hoban’s writings concerning ‘the moment under the moment’. ‘Supernova Moment’ takes standard flooring as a sculptural material.

5 'New Civic Centre'
Toby Paterson

Paterson's art delights in finding the work of modernist architects, like Tecton and Lubetkin, and baring their buildings down to decorative surfaces and abstract forms. The seductive lines, forms and structures which result allow us to rethink what constitutes the architecture and planning of our cities.

6. 'Walthamstow'
Wig Worland

One of the great skateboarding photographs, Worland's "Walthamstow" is at once spectacular and everyday, showing how the skater's performance simultaneously transcends and merges into the routines of this northern London suburb. The image itself is at once monumental and quietly restrained.

7. 'KdF Kanal-Seebad Jersey'
Sam Griffin

Griffin's "KdF Kanal-Seebad Jersey" is a reconstruction of Nazi plans for Jersey, showing in precise detail how an urban design could have been realised. At once specific and imaginative, the work appropriates history to create a disturbing vision of another possible and parallel present.

8. 'Untitled (Urbanism) 01'
9. 'Untitled (Urbanism) 02'
Nic Clear

Clear's lightbox works are part art and part architecture, partly decorative and partly symbolic, part code and part text. They delight in moving between and beyond specific codes and disciplines.

10. ‘White Sketch (With Blue)’
11. ‘Maquette for White Public Sculpture’
12. ‘Grey Sketch (with black and red)’
13. 'Temporary Facade'
Toby Paterson

14. ‘Photographs 2005 – 2006’
Sem Rubio

Sem Rubio's photography explores the occasional, incidental quality of life in urban streets - capturing those odd shadows, presences and actions that add to our experiences of cities, but which are otherwise often left unrecorded and unremembered.

15. ‘Transition’ (Image, top)
Alex Hartley

Hartley's work engages with iconic modernist architecture, exploring notions of sculptural form, space and depth through illusion, playful dimensions and a haunting visual quality. In this new work, Hartley takes this idea into the moving image, playing with the forms of space and its perception.

16. 'Burnside'
Richard Gilligan

Burnside is one of the most famous locations in skateboarding's world map - a piece of waste land in Portland, USA, determinedly seized by skaters who built themselves a skatepark. Gilligan's photography shows the strange and compelling beauty of this impromptu landscape.