20 – 27 July 2018
Private view: 19 July 6-9pm
Unit 1 Gallery I Workshop is delighted to present Rogue Parsley, a solo exhibition by Thomas Garnon.
Rogue Parsley is an exhibition marking the end of Thomas Garnon’s three month residency. Thomas endeavours to present a journey, not only of the artist’s work, but also of the journey that you, the visitor, will take as you enter this installation which questions what is ‘the gallery space’ and ‘the exhibition’. Crafting sculptures out of easily sourced materials such as tissue paper, cardboard and netted wire, Garnon’s work seeks to remove hierarchy of the gallery space and the way in which we interact within it, often with hushed tones and self-conscious eyes. Diverse and uninhibited, the installation itself is a temporal gesture, materialised in blue crayon on white surfaces. Digital prints sit alongside these hand-drawn markings. A breeze through an open window invites movement, instilling an element of duration and flux. Nothing is static or permanent. Unlike the precisely positioned works of institutional galleries and museums which lie, untouchable and precious, inside glass boxes or cordoned off behind velvet rope, ‘Rogue Parsley’ resists definition, seeking instead to prompt conversations, questions. In this body of work, Garnon challenges us to become more than just a mere spectator; he asks us to step inside this space and become a part of it, to actively engage in a dialogue with our surroundings. As the cryptic title, Rogue Parsley, Garnon invites you to confront and question object making, the act of exhibition presentation and installation- essentially. By playfully disrupting these institutional habits Garnon’s solo show confounds and entreats us joyfully, yet intelligently by throwing out the conventions but still quoting them, suddenly the humble packing materials have a chance for the museum wall.
Born 1990, Wales. Lives and works in London.
Thomas Garnon has been questioning the formal narratives in his work by making objects and drawings that demonstrate fluidity within their own visual identity. Using materials that we encounter on a daily basis, he is creating an open dialogue between the work and the viewer, a dialogue that stems from a tactile, humorous, and emotional familiarity.
Education: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK 2010 – 2013 Foundation in Art and Design, West Wales School of the Arts, Wales, UK 2009 – 2010.
Recent solo and group shows include: ‘In Paper’, Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation (solo, 2017); ‘Sarabande: Group Show’, Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, London (group, 2017); ‘Line, Body, Light’, Barbican Arts Trust Group, Atrium Space, London (group, 2016).