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Three international residencies were included as part of the current exhibition at the Gallery Shelf Life 23 November 2001 - 13 January 2002. Dario Robleto was resident at Spike Island and Will Rogan and Robin Rhode at Gasworks.

Will Rogan makes interventions using simple gestures and quiet humour to challenge complacency. In his paint drip series (1999) he lets paint drip down the façade, creating a thin line of pure colour that maps the imperfections of the wall. In untitled (1999), shown as part of Shelf Life, he films Robert Linder in a succession of fashion shops and department stores putting on layer upon layer of clothing until unable to move, without as much as a glance from the shop staff or fellow customers.

There is a publication that accompanies Shelf Life and includes texts by the curators Smith & Fowle and a commissioned essay by Neil Leach.

Shelf Life was at Spike Island from 26 January - 10 March 2002.