The first show devised by Compartment explored artist’s networks and personal relationships and their importance as a professional resource. To reveal some of the mechanisms of this activity Hilary Jack invited the artist contacts she has accumulated over her ten year art career and invited them to take part in a group show; 'On the Shelf', this show was launched at Rogue Artists’ Studios Tenth Anniversary Open Studio weekend on Saturday December 3rd. The images of the work by the participating artists will follow soon on this blog. Above is an installation shot of On the Shelf at Compartment; the show was a great success with hundreds of visitors over the Rogue Open studio weekend. Compartment is embarking on the mammoth task of thoroughly documenting all Eighty artist's work, we will have completed this over the next week or so. Each artist will have an image or two of their work and we hope that the exhibiting artists who visit the site will leave any relevant information in the comments section of each post, with possible links to each artist's website. for more information and to join the mailing list please e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org. Below just one of the many highlights of 'On The Shelf' Pavel Buchler's 'Bengali Rose'.
Compartment refers to the curatorial practice of Paul Harfleet and Hilary Jack. This curatorial collaboration began at Apartment; an artist-led project and exhibition space they co-run from Paul Harfleet's sixth floor council flat in central Manchester. At Apartment a wide selection of international artists at various career stages have shown. Apartment supplies an interesting context for the showing of contemporary artwork, Compartment aims to seek out new and exciting locations for the presentation of Artists and their work. On the Shelf, detailed below premiered this new venture. Harfleet and Jack tend to parody the gallery structure within their practice by frequently using brands, logos and a professional aesthetic in what may be considered unusual locations or situations. This use of 'brand' in Harfleet and Jack's collaborative artistic practice is exemplified by Vistor Assistance; an international network of artists that assist cultural visitors in cities across the globe. This project was commsioned by Cornerhouse as part of 'Social Work-four live projects' an exhibition of four collaborators in Manchester who used Cornerhouse as a conceptual base for activty throughout the British Art Show 2006 in Manchester.
Below is an image of each work from the eighty participating artists; these unselected works are placed on the blog in the order they were recieved; echoing the way we presented the work on the shelf for the show. There are still a couple to do so don't be dissapointed if you're not on we will get there in the end...