Proposing themselves to fill the summer show slot from their respective positions within the structure of Stephen Friedman Gallery, Gaia Alessi, Richard Bradbury & Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen have developed a work that uses the gallery not as an inert space, but as one already charged with material, spatial and social potential.
For this unique project Gaia Alessi, Richard Bradbury & Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen have responded to the proximity between their artistic practice and their gallery involvement. In different respects they each have insider knowledge about Stephen Friedman Gallery's programme, the works in storage, the image archive, the gallery space, the community of staff and artists and so on. They will use this knowledge as the resource with which to create a ground breaking new exhibition which is simultaneously honest and provocative.
Gaia Alessi, Richard Bradbury & Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen will be working collaboratively and independently to create things that resemble paintings, sculptures, video works and installations; as well as things that are not visible and things that are not there at all. These things will function both as artworks independently of each other and as constitutent parts of a larger whole.
Visitors can expect to find themselves playing a slightly different role than usual in the gallery, and looking at artworks that refuse to be separated from their immediate context. In this way the gallery and the viewing process themselves become the object of inquisition and scrutiny. This territorial negotiation has had to include equal measures of tension, diplomacy and humour, all of which are manifest in the work.
This is Gaia Alessi, Richard Bradbury & Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's first solo collaboration in London. Between them they have participated in recent exhibitions such as NewContemporaries2000 (touring); Nothing (NGCA, Sunderland and touring); Presentness is Grace (Arnolfini, Bristol and touring); NBSL (Transit Gallery, Belgium); AssabOne (Milan); and Sound & Vision (Royal Festival Hall, London).