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Melanie Counsell | Matt's Gallery, 1995
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Melanie Counsell Matt's Gallery, 1995 (installation view)
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Melanie Counsell Matt's Gallery, 1995 (installation view)

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Melanie Counsell Matt's Gallery, 1995 (installation view)

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The original height of the gallery has been lowered. A false ceiling of dense industrial fibreboards reduces the height by almost a third. The ceiling stretches from the entrance towards the series of windows which run along the rear wall of the gallery. The structure does not meet the windows. Leaving a part of the original ceiling visible and unaltered, a narrow border exists between the windows and the depth of the structure is revealed. This face of the structure parallel to the windows is faced with black Perspex. The exterior place is both absorbed and reflected. The two concrete pillars which inhabit the gallery have been sandblasted.

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Biography
Born Cardiff 1964, Lives and works in London Studied 1986-1988 MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London; 1983-1986 BA (hons) Fine Art, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education Solo Exhibitions 2002 Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France 1999 Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France 1998 Film Screenings, Matt’s Gallery, London; The Pit, Toronto, organised by Gregory Salzman 1996 Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, London 1995 Matt’s Gallery, London 1993 Coronet Cinema, Mile End, London, organised by Artangel; Usine Fremaux, Amiens; Ephemeral State Commission, Minstere de la Culture, France 1992 Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France; Centrale Electrique, Bourges, organised by F.R.A.C. Centre 1989 Tooting Bec Psychiatric Hospital, London; Matt’s Gallery, London Group Exhibitions 2002 Geometers, curated by Simon Morrissey, Nylon, London2001 Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London; MEGAHERTZ, attitudes, Geneva; Dead-Wall Reverie, Five Years, London 2000 la répétition, la tête dans les nuages, Villa Arson, Nice 1999 Fourth Wall, National Theatre, organised by Public Art Development Trust; Word enough to save a life, Word enough to take a life, Clare College Mission Church, London, curated by Simon Morrissey; TRACE, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Anthony Bond; BACKSPACE, Matt’s Gallery, London 1998 Glissments Progressifs, Le Creux de L’Enfer, Theirs 1995 High Rise, Space Explorations at 110 Euston Rd, London 1992 Sydney Biennale, Australia 1991 White Bones, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada 1990 British Art Show, Glasgow, Leeds, London T.S.W.A; Installation at B.R.S Factory Derry, Ireland; Seven Obsessions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1988 Six Artists Three Shows, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London Screenings 1999 Screenings of films with lecture by Patricia Falguieres, CAPC Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux 1998 Screenings of films at Matt’s Gallery to launch two publications Catalogue & Annette, commissioned and published by Matt’s Gallery, and Artangel, London 1996 CCA TV -The Meaning of Life Parts 1&2, CCA, Glasgow

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Bibliography
Selected Publications 2001 Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern; Action we’re filming La répétition, la tête dans les nuages, Villa Arson, Nice; Édition de attitudes - le journal (no.1), attitudes, Geneva; 1999 Melanie Counsell, Drinking Fountain, Toronto 1998 The Pit, The Gallery of York University; TRACE, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Anthony Bond 1998 Annette (a bookwork) and Catalogue (a survey of past work), Matt’s Gallery, London and Artangel; London Glissments Progressifs, Le Creux de L’Enfer, Theirs 1997 Space Explorations 1991 T.S.W.A. New Works for Different Places. James Lingwood (ed.); White Bones, Banff: Walter Phillips 1990 The British Art Show 1990, London: Hayward Gallery; Bennett, Oliver Veiled Stories: Sophie Calle and Melanie Counsell; Performance 62 (Nov 1990) Selected Bibliography 2000 Elizabeth Lebovici, Melanie Counsell, <<Tetu>> Summer; Paul Ardenne, Melanie Counsell, artpress, No. 254, February; 1999 David Burrows, Word Enough to Save a life/Word Enough to Take a Life, Simon Morley, Word Enough to Save a life/Word Enough to Take a Life, Contemporary Visual Arts, August Art Monthly No. 228, July/August 1998 Elisabeth Lebovici, Boire L’art a La Fontaine, Liberation, 23 July; Sue Hubbard, Cheapness means Forgiveness, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 19; Cathy Courtney, Melanie Counsell, Annette, Art Monthly, No.217, June; Sotiris Kyriacou, Melanie Counsell, Films and Publications, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 19; David Green, Minimal Interventions, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 17 1997 David Barrett, High Rise, Art Monthly, May 1995 Clifford Myerson, Decline of the Viewer, Untitled, Summer; Sotiris Kyriacou, Melanie Counsell, Matt’s Gallery, Art Monthly March; Miren Jaio, Melanie Counsell, Matt’s Gallery, Lapiz, April 1993 Helen Sloan, Evaporation in the Dark, Creative Camera, June/July; Caroline Smith, History’s Collapse, Women’s Art, May/June; Michael Corris, Artangel Trust, Artforum, October; Michael Archer, O Camera O Mores, Art Monthly, May 1992 Eric Troncy, London Calling: Intimacy and Chaos in Contemporary British Art, Flash Art, Summer; Manuel Jover, Melanie Counsell, Beaux Arts, Mai; Benjamin Weil, Melanie Counsell, Flash Art, Summer; Larisa Dryansky, Melanie Counsell, Art Press, March; Armelle Leturcq, Counsell, Kanal, No 2, Avril/Mai 1991 T.S.W.A. Four Cities Project, Melanie Counsell, Circa, January - February; Michael Archer, T.S.W.A., Artscribe, January - February 1990 Kate Bush, Melanie Counsell: Matt’s Gallery, Artscribe, March - April; Laurie Peake, Seven Obsessions, Women's Art Magazine, December; Fiona Barber, T.S.W.A., Women's Art Magazine, December; Jonathan Watkins, British Art Show, Art International, Winter; Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Seven Obsessions: Whitechapel, Artforum, November; Bruce Bernardr British Art Show, The Independent Magazine, 20 June; James Hall, Seven Obsessions, The Sunday Correspondent, 26 August; Caroline Collier, British Art Show, Women's Art Magazine, September; Andrew Renton, Blitz, February1989 Mark Currah, Melanie Counsell: Matt’s Gallery, City Limits, 3 November

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