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6.30 – 9pm

“I’m making visual connections with how designs and materials sample and echo each other, how a bank advert uses the same colour palette as a Michael Craig-Martin painting, or how a plastic cup from McDonald’s appears to be made from the same material as a Philippe Starck acrylic chair.”
(Matthew Darbyshire in an interview with Helen Sumpter in TimeOut London, Jan. 30- Feb. 5 2008, issue 1954).

Matthew Darbyshire speaks to Melissa Gronlund, critic and associate editor at Afterall, about Gasworks’ current exhibition Blades House, the artist’s first solo show in London. The conversation will also refer to past works in relation to the current commission.

This will be followed by a panel discussion including Eleanor John, head of collections and exhibitions, Geffrye Museum; and Gareth Jones, artist. The panel will discuss issues around mapping eras through a given demographics’ choice of furniture, benefiting from Eleanor Johns' experience in the reconstruction of domestic interiors from 1600 to the late 1900s, and from Gareth Jones’ ongoing reflection and appreciation of design. Touching on the homogenising power of design in every day life, the panel will look at taste and aspiration, contextualising Blades House in terms of aesthetic and cultural material of now.

The discussion is the first of two events that accompany Blades House. The second event, taking place on Sunday 16 March, 4-6pm, will feature films by artist including Guy Ben-Ner and filmmaker Jamie Johnson, exploring interior design and its social implications.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 23rd March 2008. For more information see the webpage.