House Work reviewed in The Quietus

By Victoria Rodrigues O'Donnell

 

House Work almost entirely features drawings and paintings. On display at Victoria Miro Mayfair, this is also a group exhibition that examines idea of the home ‘as a social construct, idea or state of mind.’ These are not just places for sleeping or eating in, but ones in which you grow up, retreat to or aspire for. House Work may not explicitly focus on the female experience within domestic interiors, but it shares several themes with the threads that run through Room.

 

Grayson Perry’s sketches are characteristically full of humour and whimsy. They sprung to mind Bachelard’s meditations on the psychological studies of houses drawn by children: ‘All great, simple images reveal a psychic state. The house, even more than the landscape, is a "psychic state," and even when reproduced as it appears from the outside, it bespeaks intimacy.’

 

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Image: Tal R, Blue moon, 2015 Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London (Photo: Anders Sune Berg) © Paradis/Tal R, Copenhagen

The Quietus Posted 25 February 2017

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