Thems please by Des Hughes at the old A. E. Barrow shop on Chatsworth Road.
‘Thems please’, Des Hughes 76 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LS.
Shop open 7th July – 7th August, Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm.
‘Thems please’ is an exhibition of sculptures made over a fifteen year period by British artist Des Hughes.
Installed in the old newsagent A. E. Barrow on Chatsworth Road in Hackney, the exhibition offers a unique glimpse at the interior of an old Victorian shop.
The shop was built in the 1870s and contains the remains of over century of local high street history. Old packing boxes of Players cigarettes, newspapers from the 50s and 60s and Melody Makers from 90s, together with tin boxes of jean button studs and old sweet jars line the dusty shelves.
The work has numerous parallels with its remaining contents with little details left here and there, bendy pipe cleaner men found posing on the kitchen mantelpiece, the old half smoked cigar on the counter, layers of pricing stickers protruding from a shelf edge. The sculptures will integrate themselves into the fabric of the shop creating a fictional version of a lost reality; a surreal and often comic commentary on the monotony of the everyday.
Des explains: Many of the works consist of rough approximations of everyday objects or familiar things, half remembered, half-baked, deliberately clichéd. Whilst being close to being totally insignificant they exhibit evidence of industry. My works are attempts at some kind of transformation with the very mimimum of handling, working or manipulation.
Measure have invited Verity-Jane Keefe to be artist in residence during the exhibition. Verity will make new work, including a filmwork, in response to the space serving as document and inventory to the invisible history of the building which will be screened at the shop during the last week of the exhibition.
The living room, situated through a door behind the counter, will be the local history room for the project. Photographers Colin O’Brien, Emily Webber, Alex Pink and Berris Conolly will show some of their work relating to the area.
We will be stocking a selection of local history books and novels from Pages of Hackney, and the Hackney Society to sell in the shop during the exhibition.