Rowena Hughes


19 May – 27 May 2012

Inbal Strauss
, Elaine Reynolds
, Rowena HughesEd Sanders

The project space hosted the work of three artists who engage with construction, industrial design and function in terms of functionless-ness. In the video works of Elaine Reynolds we are confronted by landscapes in transition. A rural area blighted by urban ruins and an inverted archaeological site become expressions of a wider cultural condition. Light is employed as a significant material; measured illuminations either enact or allude tocommunicative coding systems.

With her superfluous machines, Inbal Strauss plays with the beauty of functionless industrial design. Though some objects are made mystical through the imagination of their possible uses, others perhaps take us to the aesthetically irresistible yet somehow useless end-point of desire led consumerism.

Rowena Hughes’s production method creates chance compositions, which see her confide in a process, a system of design, defined by rules with uncertain outcomes. The resulting prints, balancing control or lack of control, alternate between faith and reason.

For the stairwell leading to the project space artist Ed Sanders was invited to design a wall mounted banner. Sanders lives and works in Norwich and has recently held his first solo exhibition there at OUTPOST Gallery. His current work comprises paintings of both repeated shapes in relaxed patterns, and geometric figuration, which share a distinctive colour pallet of cold green-blues. Hung in the glass fronted stairwell his response, crossed by handrails, will overlook the heavy worked industrial estate of Rigg Approach.