26.03.2014 to 09.05.2014

Fell House, George Street and The Art House
Until Weds 14 May 2014
Jaimini Patel the Art House’s latest resident artist taking part in our SOMETIMES residency scheme has created two new site-responsive works.

Laid Bare, blued tacks, 2014

RetentionFell House - showing until 14 May. Please call The Art House for opening times.

The carpet tacks in the basement of this former West Yorkshire police headquarters do not hold a carpet in place and in turn are not held together by anything.  They have instead been painstakingly arranged, in what might be considered to be an absurd undertaking.  Upon initial encounter the grid gives the appearance of regularity, but the tremours and errors of placing the tacks are recorded and then absorbed by the effect of repetition.  This is not a rigid structure, but a malleable one.  The mass produced tacks are themselves irregular.  Each has an individual character, which further adds to the co-existence of order and a challenge to it. 

These states melt into one another so that the distinction between them cannot be pinpointed.  Both the forms that the tacks take and the grid they make resist conformity.  The individual and the mass come in and out of focus.  Balancing on their heads, the meticulously aligned blued steel tacks could fall and scatter in an instant.  Their occupation of the room might deter entry, but the potential threat evoked by their presence is countered by their equally precarious predicament.  Exposed and without function their usual hidden existence is disrupted as they are offered for scrutiny. 

Retention, carbon paper, blued tacks, 2014

The Art House Foyer Gallery, Drury Lane, Wakefield
Showing until 14 May 2014, Mon- Fri, 10am - 4pm

Carbon paper signals slow time. Upon invention it was considered to be cutting edge, enabling the creation of a record without the need for repetitive, labour-intensive work. However, increasingly it is regarded as an antiquated technology that continues to be used by tattooists, prisons and dentists.

The paper creates duplicates of an original, whilst retaining copies within it. A copy made of carbon or a carbon copy. Each new use obscures previous impressions, joining unconnected information onto a single layer. The paper itself may be discarded once it has served its purpose and is seldom considered beyond its use. Here the carbon paper is built up in layers so that each layer reveals a glimpse of what is beyond. Hints are offered as to the content of the layer that precedes it. Ultimately the surface layer determines how much information can be made known and how much must be constructed.