Lower Gallery and PARCspace, London College of Communication
Exhibition open: 5 to 26 February 2016
Private view: Thursday 4 February, 6-9pm
The work is presented across two spaces: in the Lower Gallery an evolving installation of objects and plants begins with a poster of plant nursery owner Mr Lancner, amongst the flora he cultivates for profit. The artists extend this image into the physical space of the gallery by installing rows of trays containing mass-produced geraniums, now in various states of growth and decay, bought by the artists from Europe’s biggest plant nursery Syngenta.
A vitrine of bones and performance-for-video Counting (2016) further explore life/death cycles and, in the latter, the artists’ capacity to nurture the thousand plants they originally purchased.
These works are juxtaposed with a tiled poster of the Mother Plant. This geranium was inherited from Silva’s Grandmother Janet, who cultivated and shared the plants known in the family as The Red Jan Line. Audiences are invited to take away sections of the grid.
In the PARCspace the artists present research materials and documentation from this exhibition and their collaborative work to date. Here the artists consider how their inquiries have been explored – and complicated – through the different strands of their practice.
Lower Gallery: 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 11am - 4pm Saturday
PARCspace open by appointment.