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Janice Kerbel

Gasworks developed its policy of encouraging the activity of young curators by inviting the artist-led curatorial organisation Unit to submit a proposal for Gasworks.

Janice Kerbel displayed lithographic prints of the backs of three decks of cards that she had marked using digital technology. This manipulation would allow players to potentially cheat at three games: Poker, Bridge and Blackjack. The show developed Kerbel's investigations into modes of criminality and persuasion.

This collaboration between Gasworks and Unit also included the publication of a poster incorporating a drawing by Kerbel, indicating the ideal playing conditions when using the marked cards. A cards event was also organised to coincide with the project, highlighting the performative element of 3 Marked Decks.

This was Canadian artist Janice Kerbel's first solo project in the UK. Prior to the Gasworks show she had exhibited in Vancouver and Toronto, and in Post Neo- Amateurism, a group show curated by Unit at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Kerbel went on to show in Crash! at the ICA, London, later in 1999.

Prior to the Gasworks show Unit had presented exhibitions in its own space in London plus a wide range of host galleries and spaces throughout the UK and Europe. Unit continued to develop its international links through 1999 including curating the major international group show Zauberhaft in Dresden.

'this fine show does remind you that looking at abstraction, in part, requires an act of trust'
Mark Currah, Time Out

Janice Kerbel

Gasworks developed its policy of encouraging the activity of young curators by inviting the artist-led curatorial organisation Unit to submit a proposal for Gasworks.

Janice Kerbel displayed lithographic prints of the backs of three decks of cards that she had marked using digital technology. This manipulation would allow players to potentially cheat at three games: Poker, Bridge and Blackjack. The show developed Kerbel's investigations into modes of criminality and persuasion.

This collaboration between Gasworks and Unit also included the publication of a poster incorporating a drawing by Kerbel, indicating the ideal playing conditions when using the marked cards. A cards event was also organised to coincide with the project, highlighting the performative element of 3 Marked Decks.

This was Canadian artist Janice Kerbel's first solo project in the UK. Prior to the Gasworks show she had exhibited in Vancouver and Toronto, and in Post Neo- Amateurism, a group show curated by Unit at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Kerbel went on to show in Crash! at the ICA, London, later in 1999.

Prior to the Gasworks show Unit had presented exhibitions in its own space in London plus a wide range of host galleries and spaces throughout the UK and Europe. Unit continued to develop its international links through 1999 including curating the major international group show Zauberhaft in Dresden.

'this fine show does remind you that looking at abstraction, in part, requires an act of trust'
Mark Currah, Time Out