Feeling slightly seedy myself, on Saturday morning, I came across an interesting installation (if you’d call it that) at Seventh.
Luke Devine had recreated a 20-something boy’s messy bedroom inside the gallery; complete with empty coke bottle, pizza boxes, a healthy stack of VHS cassettes, mattress on the floor and dirty clothes were strewn around the place Tracey Emin style. Somehow he’d even managed to install that familiar musky aroma we all know too well.
The room was dimly lit, but after a couple of seconds we noticed that Luke was actually in the bed, hungover, watching a b-grade movie.
Image courtesy of the artist’s blog. Comes with the caption, “At Seventh. Hungover. Til six. Come spoon”.
George and I felt pretty uncomfortable, like we were invading his personal space at a time when he would have most wanted to be on his own. We didn’t even take more than one step inside the door; I can’t imagine many people would have taken him up on the spooning offer!
Is this how Luke usually spends his days, and for the course of the exhibition he’s just doing it in public? Is this art project a great excuse to get drunk every night? That would be almost compulsory, as hanging out in that dingy dark room feeling fresh and sober would be pretty damn depressing. I wondering if he’s going on a massive detox when this is over or if he’ll just relocate to the privacy of his own home.
Image courtesy of Seventh.
Either way there’s not long left at Seventh for Luke now. The Hangover (as an exhibition) finishes on Saturday. If you can’t just knock on your brother/housemate/mates bedroom door and see the same thing you should definitely check it out.
Another good reason to get to Seventh before Saturday is an incredible installation in the front gallery by Jahnne Pasco-White and Isadora Vaughan.
The key elements were two white buckets filled with water hanging from the room. From these buckets ran two clear plastic tubes which ensured there was a constant flow of water into two kettles sitting on the ground below. The kettles were continuously heating the water and producing steam.
There was very little steam coming from each kettle, but over time it was condensing on the shower curtains that hung around each kettle. What was fascinating was that such little steam could produce massive results. In the picture above you can see the water coming off the shower curtains almost running out the door, and we were there fairly early in the day!
Image courtesy of Seventh.
I stood and watched the condensation forming water droplets, then running in little streams onto the gallery floor. The effect was actually quite beautiful. Close up the pattern created on the curtains looked like an intricate aboriginal dot painting. The natural light coming in the windows, as well as the artificial lighting above, helped create this effect. It also reflected in the pools of water lying on the ground. Magnificent. This is one you have to see for yourself.