2 November 2011
Coleman Project Space is pleased to announce a new commission by Jordan McKenzie - Under Different Circumstances We Could Have Been Friends.
Inner-city life provides the backdrop to and the impetus for McKenzie's performance-led practice. The London-based artist's interest in urbanism is informed by Situationist methods of investigating marginal territories, such as the détournement (that municipal planning and other political strategies create).
Through research projects, objects and performances (most recently as the charmingly delusional flâneur, Monsieur Poo-Pourri), McKenzie explores notions of 'local' and 'site' in today's global (art) context; specifically, the social responsibility of the maker, whether permanent member of a community or temporary (biennial) correspondent.
For his first solo show at Coleman Project Space, McKenzie will create a sculptural installation for the main gallery. The shed space in the garden behind, meanwhile will become an archival room/picture house devoted to the travel 'artefacts' and carefully choreographed exploits of his main performance protagonist, Monsieur Poo-Pourri.
The Estate home of this dandy (with a penchant for the surreal) is owned by Tower Hamlets. McKenzie's absurd re-contextualisation of a class stereotype engages one with the very real problems and triumphs of a London community in Big-Society Britain.
Monsieur Poo-Pourri will perform from 6.30pm-7.30pm on the preview evening.
The Woolworth Death Mask was created on the last day of Woolworths trading in Bethnal Green. The artist went down and bought all the Pick and Mix sweets and made five different masks.
Coleman Project Space,
92 Webster Road,
London SE16 4DF
Friday 4th November
Exhibition: 5th November – 27th
November 2011 Fri – Sun
12pm – 5pm
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