From 1-30 June 2018, SKIP Gallery and Richard Woods present 'Upgrade' in London's Hoxton Square. Woods’ instantly recognisable work will make its debut in a parking space in London with a month-long site-specific installation that engages with issues of housing and urban regeneration.
Like Wood’s contribution to the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, 'Holiday Home' (which saw six cartoonishly colourful bungalows appear in unlikely places around the harbour town), Upgrade uses the form of a graphic three-dimensional caricature of a house to bring a fresh perspective to its urban location. The exhibition will be part of this year's London Festival of Architecture.
Richard Woods: ‘I had been filling a skip with all the leftover material that we had used to build the Holiday Homes on the Folkestone Harbour Arm, and it struck me how potent an image it made – having bits of window or chimney poking out of the skip. In the studio, we chatted about whether it would be possible to expand the idea and make it into an object – and then out of the blue Lee emailed and introduced the project. We quickly realised we’d both had the same idea. It was the easiest pitch I have ever had to make...’
About SKIP Gallery
The concept behind SKIP Gallery came from artists Catherine Borowski and Lee Baker, whose idea was to take the mundane, the everyday and everyplace and to reimagine it as the creative, the arresting and the inspirational.
Skips are placed in a variety of locations across the country and artists are invited to fill the skip with an artwork - previous artists have included David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Ben Eine. The installations are intended to challenge our views on the relationship between 'art, commodity and throwaway culture.