The lacuna, or lexical gap, represents a gap in translation, a place where multiple meanings are applied, where meanings shift and new interpretations can be made.
ArtLacuna is an artist-led space established in May 2013, located in an old coroner's office near Clapham Junction. It accommodates artist studios, a residency and research program, as well as project and exhibition space.
8th - 30th July
PV: 7th July 6-8:30pm
Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, or by appointment only
In Up the Junction instances of sound, image, movement and stillness are placed within shifting chronologies. The exhibition investigates the influence of cultural identity and collective consciousness on work value structures and parochial mentalities - that we are each subject to under the social conditions placed upon us. In this present turbulent cultural context, which is moving away from the ideals of cultural and economic unity towards a more decentralised Europe, the work looks to the experience of migrancy and the diverse community of the Falcon Road area in which the gallery is located. An economically deprived island in the wealthier London borough of Wandsworth, the Falcon Road runs through Clapham Junction railway station to Battersea high street, an area undergoing rapid demographic change. Up the Junction examines these cultural conditions with the intention to also act as a site to open up a critical dialogue in the gallery space. This will manifest as a closing event for the exhibition - A Convivial Discussion: Up the Junction, which has been curated in collaboration with the independent exhibition maker Dr. Kirsten Cooke.
The exhibition borrows its title from the 1979 song Up the Junction, by the British new-wave band Squeeze - a song which still resonates with locals of the Asparagus pub on the Flacon Road. The title originated from a collection of short stories by Neil Dunn in 1963. It was adapted by Ken Loach in 1965 for the seminal BBC1 anthology series The Wednesday Play. Loach subsequently made a cinema version in 1968 giving Squeeze the title for their song. Using the various associations afforded from the cockney rhyming phrase “up the junction” each manifestation of the same name refers to class issues, colloquialisms and portrayal of life in the area of Clapham Junction in a moment of great change.
Central to the exhibition is The realm, 22.01.2016 – 31.07.2016, (2016) an architectural sound installation created from field recordings in the environment of the Falcon Road area. This is set in relation to The Great British Chip, (2016) a film and sculptural work considering invisible labour. Place alongside this is In my country we, (2015) - a film work that manipulates a landscape view of a train moving through the Irish countryside to a soundtrack which re-purposes Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava, one of 6 symphonic poems from his 1874 symphony Má Vlast (My country).