‘NIMBY’ ( Not in My Back Yard)
A Collaborative Work by Josh Wright
5-24th October 2020
To launch this exhibition we have chosen to showcase the work digitally on Saturday October 10th 2020. From 2pm we will premiere documentation of the project and an in conversation with Contemporary Collaborations curator Erin Hughes and the artist Josh Wright
The NIMBY being viewed colloquially as someone whose very vocal about unpleasant or potentially hazardous constructions in their own neighbourhood but not concerned if it doesn’t affect them.
Josh Wright (b.1993) is a British artist living and working in London. Central to his practice Wright is interested in the transportive nature of space and how it directly shapes how someone might encounter his work. As an artist Josh is particularly drawn to the home. Undoubtedly inﬂuenced by his residency at Kettle’s Yard, he ﬁnds the artist's or collector's home particularly intriguing, as this is where the boundaries of art and life completely intertwine.
In an attempt to make structures that transcend the everyday, he dissects and reconfigures familiar domestic objects, making anthropomorphised forms that open up wider questions around contemporary domesticity and the role of the home today.
Initially taking inspiration from an antique Prattware Cottage Money Box from the RYA Collection as a basis for his exploration, Josh will create a sculptural expression of the home as something that is desired and often unattainable for young people in London; whilst integrating the language, architecture and promotional material employed by many of the modern building firms that are encroaching the Battersea area around the Robert Young Antiques Gallery.
As part of Josh’s project he has been developing an accompanying artist book. The publication includes a brand new interview with Professor Loretta Lees, an urban geographer who is internationally known for her research on gentrification/urban regeneration and urban social theory.
As part of Josh's project, he spent a lot of time walking in and around Battersea getting a real sense of the place and the ever mutating and evolving developments along the river.
Next Thursday 15th Oct - 6.30pm, join the artist in collaboration with the Dazzle Club on a walk highlighting the tensions and expansive regeneration in the borough, as well as the prominence of facial recognition software and security surveillance systems that the Power Station development is heavily investing in.
The walk is limited to six people, so please rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org