TO LIVE TO HAUNT TO DWELL Oh Mother Tell Your Children, Not To Do What I Have Done. G A S T explores perceptions of the home. Artists Dale Fearnley, Laura Mahony and Ian Manicom come together for the first installment of re>fer>al in a temporary exhibition within Fearnley and Mahony’s residence. The collaboration instigates new works that unfold around the couple’s home, merging household space with Live Performance, Installation, New Media and Sculpture. Home, for most, initiates a feeling of warmth and welcoming. The home. The shelter, the heart. But what happens between the cracks of the brickwork. What smears the façade and stagnates the threshold? When examining ideals ensued of post-war western societies: a square red bricked house, three windows and a door at the front, a garden sporting green grass. Space for a family, a husband and wife, a son and daughter, a dog named Bingo. The reality, now in its post-millenia epoch, is an ever-growing population compromising living space. A ripple effect and reflection of life born from the industrial revolution. The promise of working hard will guarantee the workingman his creature comforts. Of course we still have family homes, but more increasingly family ‘boundaries’ are being expanded to house the likes of parents (grandparents), brothers (uncles), sisters (aunts), nieces & nephews (cousins) and/or Lodgers. Yet, even if this is not the case, do homes of today board a modern nuclear family? The real functioning ‘Stepford’ ideal? Considering the elements of the household, the role of each room echoes previous tenants and the ghost’s of the artists’ own family homes, extending an invitation to their current abode to visitors. ‘What we refuse to see we do not know. What we refuse to acknowledge makes it difficult to suggest. There is nothing awry here.’ Welcome.
the perpetual demise of the un-bearded lady, laura mahony, 2013
STack, dale fearnley,2011-present
untitled, ian manicom, 2011