Simon Oldfield Gallery, London
Paradise Lures consists of a solitary metal speaker sat at top a 3 legged tripod. Positioned to face the window, the speaker plays a continuous loop of the sound of a Gibbon calling out for a companion.
The recording was taken in the rain forest in the heart of Borneo. When in its natural habitat this primate may have lured a mate with its seductive song, but when repositioned in an urban setting this recorded call becomes futile.
The work offers a daydream for the visitor - asking what a paradise it is that we hope for and how it is that we long for it. But most importantly it allows us to imagine what the reality would be if we attained our dreams - what would happen if this sonic lure actually worked.
Simon Oldfield Gallery, 2012
Seduction; Project Space.
Group Exhibition, Mayfair, London.
"Spanning four floors, this handsome townhouse is once again beating to the rhythm of the new. The programme includes a series of group exhibitions, solo presentations, site-specific installations, writing, spoken word and screenings across the month of December. At the heart of the building is Seduction, an exhibition exploring the power of beauty to seduce, and also corrupt. The desire for a succession of pleasures. The attractive allure of the perfectly perfect.
Seduction. Neal Tait, Sam Knowles, Martin Westwood, Ryan Leigh, Juno Calypso, Tim Stoner, Mark Davey, Debbie Sim, Clare Price, Luey Graves, Mark Titchner, Lisa Hall, Kay Harwood, Julia Fodor aka Princess Julia, Tim Ellis, Ben Ravenscroft, Sam Plagerson and Jonny Briggs. Solo Presentations. Daniel Wallis and Ben Ashton. Project Space. Lisa Hall, Russell Terry, Francesca Oldfield and Martha Gut. Film. Thomas Yeomans, Greta Alfaro and Esther Teichmann. Writer-in-residence. Elizabeth Day, an award winning author and journalist, is writer-in-residence. Every Wednesday before Christmas at 6pm, experience the immediacy of the spoken word as Elizabeth reads from a range of short stories or extracts from current and classic literary works."