Not Straight is a series of sculptural assemblages combining commonplace materials with explicit connections to the qualities of the room. Each work utilises specific elements of the gallery space and seeks to misread or reinterpret these common features. Borrowing from Gordan Hall’s analysis of the ‘slant step,’ a seemingly utilitarian yet ambiguous hand-made object that captivated a group of artists (including Bruce Nauman) in the 1960s, this exhibition questions the relationship of body to architectural space. And, as per Hall, interrogates whether objects with non-standard, open-ended ‘functionality’ lend themselves to a queer, and abstract, reading – being both of the body yet outside of the norm.
Image: Daily Failure, (tape), 2015