Gallery owners and curators Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil have been working on their third version of A-L-L-O-T-M-E-N-T-S at the Schwartz Gallery which opened with a highly successful Private View on Wednesday evening. They explained ‘Allotments questions the politics and power at play within conventional exhibition-making practices, inverting spatial and social hierarchies.’
The submissions process was open to all occupants of the building at 92 White Post Lane, E9 (whether they are resident or a business-owner).
The concept is a simple one. The curators divide the gallery into sufficient chalk-drawn allotments for all occupants of the building to have one. The plots are 1.5x1.5 meters, most on the floor, but some on the walls. Each inhabitant draws a number out of a hat so that their selection of location is random, and therefore the curation of the show is completely down to chance.
There was no obligation to show work so some of the allotments remain uncultivated, creating an interesting rhythm of activity and space within the gallery.
Participants were encouraged to show art or non art, and for the first time visitors are being encouraged to respond to the Exhibition or the space by adding their own drawings to the ‘Drawing as a Museum’ area of the gallery. This will evolve throughout the show, and was already becoming an interesting space in its own right as visitors at the Private View exercised their creativity.
Drawing materials are provided by the gallery, so if you are in the area I would recommend that you call in and take part. The gallery is a 5 minute stroll from Hackney Wick station (The Hackney Pearl is a great café just round the corner too).
The Exhibition dates are Wednesday 27th June – Saturday 18th August, 2012
First Thursdays late openings: 5th July & 2nd August, 6-9 pm
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 12-6 p.m
Eva Bachmann, Sam Bailey, Adam Beale, Dan Bennett, Liam Bierschenk, David Blackmore, Lee Cavaliere, Helen Clements, Jo Davies, Rodolph de Salis, Sophie Drew, Ismail Erbil, Phred Landau, Susie Lenette, Dan Linn, Kit Merritt, Patrick Michalopoulos, Leyre Monkeyshoes, Alice Palmer, Erik Perera, Issa Salliander, Neil Shirreff, Ashling Smith, Marco Spreafico, Russell Thoburn.
More information on the Schwartz Gallery Website.