Euclidean Display Unit
21st September - 6th November 2013
For his show at the m2 Gallery, Iain Hales continues to explore his interest in the slippage between image and object. Playing with notions of display – inherent in the window space of the gallery – Hales takes on the space as a whole, remaking the rear “wall” of the gallery as the work itself.
This rear panel is treated in bold graphic fashion, with floating shelves in various finishes that punctuate the picture ground. These shelves hold a number of both studio made and found objects. Viewed straight on, it is possible to read this composition of distinct forms as a single image; as one moves from this single point of view the illusion breaks down and each of its parts can be examined in turn. These parts can be read in a purely formal way, however their specificity hints at a narrative that is always just out of reach.
Additionally, Hales will show a number of large-scale drawings in the studio and a sculpture in the main living space of Quay House. It will be possible to see these on Saturday 21st September, 12noon – 5pm, when Quay House is open to the public for Open House London 2013.
Iain Hales completed his MFA Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2009. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at COLE; and group exhibitions; A Wall is a Surface, curated by LeandaKateLouise; and SWITCH, curated by Phyllida Barlow at BALTIC 39. Iain Hales is the 2013/14 recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, as part of this award he will have a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery in April next year.