The Abject Object Is Focus Of Wimbledon Art Show

Group exhibition runs from now to May 20

A group art exhibition at Wimbledon Space in Wimbledon College of Arts, promises “to explore contemporary painterly representations of objects with reference to the still life tradition, and with a particular interest in the notion of thingness and abjection”.

The starting point of the exhibition, running from now until May 20, is Norman Bryson’s description of still life as “…an object world that has dispensed with human attention and in a sense makes human attention and the human subject obsolete.”

The exhibition at the college in Merton Hall Road purposely includes work by artists who use a broad range of media. Visitors will find both objects that look like paintings and paintings that look like objects, as well as painting creates the illusion of the object, and others that are concerned with pictorial illusion and creating ambiguous and intriguing pictorial spaces.

Curator Geraint Evans said: “This exhibition grew out of my ambition to interrogate a specific quality of the ‘abject’ in the work of a number of contemporary artists and the ways in which both the subject matter and their use of materials can evoke this particular quality.”

From Damien Meade’s paintings of models made from disregarded, everyday materials to Ana Genovés’ fragments of the architectural forms that sometimes order our social spaces and Sophie Birch’s video work depicting contrived yet precarious arrangements of domestic objects such as chairs, fruit, toilet rolls and lamps, the exhibition will present pieces which create uncanny pictorial spaces and that imbue the objects depicted with an abject quality.

The Abject Object is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, closed Weekends and Bank Holidays at:


Wimbledon College of Arts

Univeristy of the Arts London (UAL)

Merton Hall Road, SW19 3QA.

April 21, 2016