Nathaniel Mellors – Ourhouse




This spring, the ICA presents the first major solo exhibition in a UK public institution by Nathaniel Mellors. In recent years, Mellors has produced a distinctive body of work that combines video, sculpture and writing. The complex relationship between language and power is a recurring theme in his multifaceted work, typically manifesting itself in absurdist, humorous narratives which reveal a penchant for satire and the grotesque. For the ICA, Mellors will install Episodes 1, 2 and 4 from his new video series Ourhouse (2010-) alongside the animatronic sculpture, Hippy Dialectics (Ourhouse). Mellors will also programme a series of events in association with Mark Pilkington’s Strange Attractor and Junior Aspirin Records.

Ourhouse is set in a manor house in the English countryside. The series portrays the Maddox-Wilson family, an eccentric grouping whose roles and relationships begin to shift after the arrival of ‘The Object’ (an imposing male figure that the family fail to identify as a human being) arrives in the house and begins to consume and excrete their books. In doing so, The Object takes control of language within the house. The themes that are played out in the ensuing episodes are the product of the ingested, half-digested texts.

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Duration 09 March 2011 - 15 May 2011
Times Sunday 12-9; The galleries are open during exhibitions 12 -7, except Thu 12-9
Cost Free
Venue ICA
Address 12 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH, ,
Contact 020 7930 0493 / / www.ica.org.uk

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