The New Decor, Hayward Gallery

Smoke Spheres 2-4 by Angela Bulloch (Photo from Dezeen)

Detail of Night Sky by Spencer Finch (Photo from Dezeen)

Cama by Los Carpinteros (Own Photo)

“The New Décor is an international survey of contemporary artists whose work takes the common vocabulary of interior design as a point of departure. Refashioning forms and artefacts associated with interior space and presenting them in the public setting of a gallery, the artists in the exhibition respond to ways in which our private realms are increasingly interconnected with the outside world. In their sculptures and installations, the self-contained design object metamorphoses into a hub of competing references, evoking individual as well as collective scenarios, historical events as well as intimate encounters. Using décor as a springboard, their works play on cultural histories and behavioral scripts embedded in particular design elements, or suggest new situations in which social exchanges might occur.

Re-conceptualising the basic props of our everyday environments, these artworks explore (and sometimes explode) the current attitudes, cultural postures and social furniture that reveal the public dimensions of our private worlds. In French the word décor refers to stage and film sets as well as interior design, and in a similar spirit the works in this exhibition occupy an arena between theatre and everyday life. Mixing codes and straddling categories, their work invites us to re-map our relationships to a variety of interior spaces, including that of the gallery itself.”
Images from Dezeen article.
Photo taken 2nd July 2010.

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