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Paul Carter: Hotel 9 September–1 November 2009 | Publications



Paul Carter | Hotel, 2009

Paul Carter Hotel, 2009 (work in progress)


Paul Carter Hotel, 2009 (work in progress)


Paul Carter Hotel, 2009 (work in progress)

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In 2008, Robin Klassnik invited Paul Carter to transport his workspace to the gallery in an attempt to recreate the conditions of the studio in flux. In June 2009 the artist moved in and has been working in residence towards his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery.

Hotel is a sculptural installation that disrupts the architectural features of the gallery, incorporating elements that have been transplanted from the artist’s studio or reclaimed from other sites. Found materials – including a derelict goods lift and a series of day beds that look like renaissance icons – are re-crafted to explore notions of value and function. Resembling a life-size architect’s model, the installation includes a series of compartments and fixtures that echo the commercial or private buildings from which the materials have been salvaged, suggesting an expanded ‘elsewhere’ beyond the gallery walls.

Hotel is a transitory place: a temporary home or live-work space that sets up a new relationship between the individual and the objects and architectures that surround him. Transferring material elements and pre-existing works from the studio and elsewhere becomes an extension of the acts of editing, layering and containment that take place in the original sites. Reminiscent of Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau, where sculptural and architectural interventions spill over from one place to another, Hotel extends the artist’s practice beyond the notionally private space of the home or studio.

The artist will also be showing new work in the solo exhibition Rm.14 at Standpoint Gallery, from 18 September until 24 October. Standpoint Gallery will host a talk with the artist on Thursday 2 October at 6.30pm.


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To see the build for this exhibition click here.

Biography
Education 1994–1996 MA Sculpture Slade School of Art, University College London; 1990–1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sheffield Hallam University Exhibitions 2008 Soot from the Funnel, Lokaal 01, Breda, Holland; Window Seats, Fordham Gallery, London; Parallax Fieldgate Gallery, London 2007 Intervention, Fieldgate Gallery, London; The Breakfast Club HOV, London; Citadel 1 Front Room Killing Room, David Risley Gallery, London; Videoisme Mains D'Oeuvres, Paris 2004 My Blood is Electric Spitz Gallery, London; Pilot 1. International Art Forum, London; Covered Flash, Whitechapel Project Space, London 2002 Face Off Cinema, Texas 7, International Short Film Festival, Austin, Texas; Spool Pool Betsey Trostwood, London; Back in 10 minutes, 10 Martello Street , London 2001 mise en scene Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London 2000 Impossible Touch Birmingham Margaret Street, BIAD, UCE 1998 Whitechapel Open 98, Whitechapel Art Gallery and The Tannery, London

 

 

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