Private View: Wednesday 7th September 2011, 6 – 8:30 p.m.


Exhibition dates: 8th September – 1st October 2011

Opening times: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 p.m


For his first solo exhibition Patrick Michalopoulos presents Chamber at Schwartz Gallery Project Space. 


Michalopoulos uses reconfigured retro and replica furniture to craft nostalgic ‘furniture-plinths’ that are somewhat paradoxically dressed in chip-board. Reminiscent of packing cases or of boarded-up properties the chip-board acts as a counter-point to the intimacy of the furnishings normally found within or behind it. Integrated into singular structures these inverted ‘home-gallery furnishings’ are used to support arrangements of reclaimed cardboard boxes in a continuation of the artist’s interest in an ambiguous materiality. Wrapped in glossy white paper the boxes continue the inter-play between ideas of packing and un-packing, states of permanence and impermanence and of simultaneously being inside and outside.


A series of ‘paint-drawings’ are fixed at different points to these underlying structures causing surfaces to ‘stop-and-start’ inducing a staggered reading of the pieces by the viewer. Michalopoulos has created a new series of paint-drawings specifically for Chamber. Working on torn-out pages from discarded tomes on the ‘greats’ of 20th century sculpture the selected images are partially obscured by painted viewing devices or ‘over-layers’ that suggest a kind of censorship is being enforced, an opposition being set-up between private and public modes of viewing.


The books were kept by the artist having been withdrawn from the shelves of an unnamed library. Rendered obsolete by the institution in which they were originally kept, the narratives the artists and their lives were cast in within these books are revisited. Disentagled from their bound form, their materiality as images on a page and their re-use as surfaces to be manipulated allow for their redeployment into Michalopoulos’ ‘home-gallery furnishings’. The idea of a ‘history of art’ is approached from the perspective of a ‘history of images’. The images altered by the artist allude to an anti-narrative that sits alongside the inverted relationships triggered between materials in the main supporting structure of each ‘Accompaniment’.  _________________________________________________________________________________


Patrick Michalopoulos completed a B.A in sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London in 2002. Recent group shows include A-L-L-O-T-M-E-N-T-S 2011, Unobtrusive Measures (2011), Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil (Schwartz Gallery Project Space), A-L-L-O-T-M-E-N-T-S (2010), and Wonder Island (2009) at Schwartz Gallery, and Across the Grain at Forty Hall, London (2008). His work has been shown at the Powerhouse, Soapbox Gallery and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, all in Brisbane, Australia(2004). In addition to his studio practice, Patrick is also the co-founder, director and artist-curator of Schwartz Gallery in London.




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Duration 08 September 2011 - 01 October 2011
Times Thursday - Saturday 12-6 pm
Cost Free
Venue Schwartz Gallery
Address 92 White Post Lane London E9 5EN, ,
Contact 07828288971 / /

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