Denise Hickey | I made a tool to measure space

Private Viewing: Saturday 20th July 6-9pm

Exhibition: 21st – 27th July 1- 5pm 

A weeklong exploration of how we use, share and occupy space.

Denise Hickey’s show will consist of participatory sculptural installations in response and combined with work from workshops and discussions during the exhibition.   

Please come along to talk, make, share and have tea!

Denise Hickey’s work playfully looks at the relationship between art and life, and plays with the idea of making everyday objects, momentary icons and a dysfunctional record of society. It is concerned with all the connections between utopian living and domestic space.

Hickey’s work consists of different coloured fabric sections which refer to Edward T Hall’s proximity space: In his theory 18″ = Intimate space, 48” = Personal space, 144” = social space & 300” = public space. It explores the idea of Hall’s definitive and definite rule, how it works in reality and how it can be used to define/redefine our own space.

The work is constructed with a Brechtian philosophy in mind and attempts to physically manifest the absurdity of theories used to manage and understand society. It is an exploration of the societal notions and expectations of how we occupy spaces and gives a means to play in this arena.

Alongside this Hickey’s work looks at the notion of aspiration and object. It explores the status given to objects and the effect they can have on our outlook and persona.

Denise Hickey studied her BA at Crawford College of Art and Design in Ireland and completed her final year at London Metropolitan University in 2007. In 2010 she was a finalist in the Installation and Sculpture category of The Celeste Prize held at The Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, where she secured 2nd place. Since 2001 she has participated in a number of group shows across London, Ireland, Berlin and Rome. She currently holds an artist residency at a secondary school in Essex where she also manages and curates The Brentwood Road Gallery. 


Duration 21 July 2013 - 27 July 2013
Times 1-5pm
Cost Free
Venue ArtWorks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust
Address 114 Blackhorse Lane London E17 6AA, ,
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