15 November – 3 December 1989
Melanie Counsell has been working on site on her present installation at Matt's Gallery for the past three months. It opens on the 15th November.
The installation uses the long window wall of the gallery where the window has been blocked out so as to be indistinguishable from the oilier walls. Below this has been built a while tiled valley (resembling a trough), running the entire length of the 24ft wall, 2ft high and 2ft deep and at a slight incline. It is filled with water in which is laid a 24ft rolled up, old, worn carpet. From the-white wall above protrude thirteen 3" x 1/4" copper pipes.
At the same height as the copper pipes and in front of the trough hangs a chintz curtain which has been looped up onto its supporting wire. The wet floor has been stripped of its years of layers of paint to reveal its many cracks and certain boards have also been removed from the ceiling.
This is Melanie Counsell's first solo exhibition since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1988. She will also be showing in the forthcoming British Art Show in 1990 and has recently been awarded the Whitechapel Artists Award for 1989.