Sitting & Looking (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Sitting & Looking

Innovative group show offers comfortable, close examination of 21st century objects

At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking you have wandered into an upmarket furniture store. Upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that there are wonders here that far outweigh the trappings of consumerism. Taking a seat to peruse the first choice of exhibits in this innovative group show is a guilty pleasure, one that is far too infrequently offered in gallery spaces – to be seated allows a deeper consideration than simply drifting through.

The Vico Magistretti sofas are arranged in a homely fashion so that the viewer can best absorb the acrylic works of Ann Sutton and Gordon Baldwin’s ceramics, the only drawback being that it becomes incredibly difficult to get to your feet and leave this tranquil spot. It would be a shame, though, to miss the camera-less photographic works of Garry Fabian Miller as they bring a welcome splash of colour and escapism to the exhibition.

Interspersed throughout the space are Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley’s instantly recognisable blackened oak seats, which are utilised as makeshift display cabinets for smaller works such as Nel Linnsen’s impressive and intricate paper jewellery collection and David Poston’s delicate metal-work. The placement of such pieces allows the viewer to perch in the immediate vicinity and make a very close examination without bending uncomfortably.

Dovecot, 550 3660, until 4 Sep (not Sun), free.

Sitting and Looking

  • 3 stars

Photographs by Gary Fabian Miller, furniture design by El Ultimo Grito and Thomas Heatherwick, ceramics by Gordon Baldwin and Rupert Spira, and jewellery by Dutch artist Nel Linssen.

Sitting and Looking

  • 3 stars

An exciting interdisciplinary exhibition curated by furniture designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley with the financial assistance of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Sitting and Looking brings together furniture design, contemporary photography, ceramics, textiles and painting to create a unique juxtaposition of 21st…