Gallage is the meeting of concepts:
Garage / Gallery Crafter / Artist Utilitarian / Aesthetic Disregarded / Beauty
A gallery inside a garage. It was a simple
answer to a problem.
After I had parted ways with Bob and Roberta
Smith’s Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art I needed a new place to exhibit.
So it was interesting that when the ‘shed’ left my garage (where it had resided
for the majority of time since moving into my house) suddenly a new space
opened up - a white (ish) cube with a few extra cobwebs and some old rotting
carpets on the floor.
I have used the garage as a starting point to
guide the sort of work I've chosen to exhibit. The garage is a place where
tinkerings take place and where everything that won't fit anywhere else
resides. I've tried to encorporate as much of the
original unique character of my specific garage as possible. There are traces
of its life and those who lived here – remnants of old carpets, labelling,
shelving. At the same time I have sought to balance this with the presentation
of my exhibition as a genuine gallery space.