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T Rooms is Matthew Darbyshire’s largest public exhibition to date, comprising of film, photography, sculpture and printmaking. Housed within the installation are four additional splinter projects which serve to broaden the artists’ inquiry on a social, poetic, satirical and formal level. These works are encountered as the viewers navigate the maze-like structure of Darbyshire’s enclosed virtual village and have been produced in collaboration with artists/thinkers with whom Darbyshire has worked with over a long period of time, Rupert Ackroyd, Jacob Farrell, Owen Hatherly and Scott King.
Darbyshire’s installation T Rooms presents us with a hypothetical future scenario where Tramway appears to have been bought up and developed, although owing to the eerie silence of it all, like elsewhere across the country, Tramway’s visitors may suspect that they’ll have to make do with the virtual rendition ‘until the market picks up’. A huge printed banner resembling a so-called ‘building wrap’ stretched from pillar to pillar throughout Tramway’s vast gallery space demarcates a faux-residential gated environment, implying a construction site where a new all-under-one-roof ‘village in the city’ is under construction.
Depicted is a trompe l’oeil style architectural render of what is allegedly to come. With its computer generated geometry, pixelated curves and uniform proportions, T Rooms suggests an abject, homogenised developers vernacular in which the Mackintosh-style has reduced to a series of bland and generic motifs. Each depicted detail pertains to an existing Mackintosh design, scrambling a so called ‘Mockintosh’ architectural vocabulary into various indecipherable uses – is it a bar, spa, bank or boutique? Is it for eating, sleeping, praying or a meeting?
By adopting simplified compositions from some of Glasgow’s most celebrated Mackintosh buildings, Darbyshire’s installation reflects on the way in which developers demonstrate an apparent sensitivity to their environment and the feared potential revival of right-wing nostalgic mock architectural approaches that negate all proper human concerns in favour of the cheapest and most ubiquitous palettes and materials.
Recent solo exhibitions and projects include those at Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Herald St, London (2010); Frieze Foundation Commission, Frieze Art Fair 2010; The Hayward Project Space, London 2009 and Gasworks, London 2008
Group exhibitions include You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain ( 2011); The British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa le Feuvre, Hayward Touring, London (2010 -11); Altermodern Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud; and Supernova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA ( 2007).
Matthew Darbyshire is the current Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University, Lonodn; an Associate Lecturer at The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford; and is represented by Herald Street Gallery, London.
The exhibition is generously supported by Henry Moore Foundation, Universal Image Systems (www.uis.uk.com), and Arts and Business Scotland New Sponsorship scheme
Tramway Visual Arts Podcasts Episode 14 - Matthew Darbyshire