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ASC Window Space | Laura Napier | Entry
02/08/2012 - 03/09/2012
Entry forms a dialogue between the entrance and the mid floor of Erlang House, weaving together a fictional past through physical space.
The site-specific work emulates the aesthetics of building’s architecture but merges it with fiction, addressing its original purpose as an office block. A directory on a marble wall lists the building’s occupants. Amongst the fictional names and companies is Heintzman Solicitors.
For over a year the name of this fictional company has been displayed on Laura Napier’s studio window on the middle floor. This work in progress will transform the studio into a simulation of solicitor’s office. The space will be photographed from the exterior, the print of which will be the resulting work and the installation within the studio dismantled. Before this occurs the office will host a retirement party for Mr Heintzman.
Entry will also become a photographic work. These works form part of a larger series in which Napier temporarily transforms elements of architecture to stage photographs. These pieces raise questions about regeneration, what we assume to be the presence of history within our built environment, and assumptions of photography as a truth telling medium.
Laura Napier lives and works in London. She studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Solo exhibitions include: As Old As The Industry, As Modern As The Hour, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Northumberland, England (2008); Buka, Stables Gallery, London (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Opificio Della Rosa, Castello di Montefiore Conca, Italy (2011); Distrusted Space, International Arts Space Station, Muestra Internacional de Arte, Mexico City (2011); Presence Of Absence, Notting Hill, London (Jun 2011). Napier was awarded the Madame Tussauds Group Fine Art Award (2006) and the Berwick-Upon-Tweed Gymnasium Gallery Fellowship (2007/2008).