Keeping up with the Joneses




An Installation in the Whitechapel Gallery, 2011

Oil on canvas, 698 x 500 mm, timber easel, binoculars and text on laminated paper

A painting hangs in the Whitechapel Art Gallery and is viewed through binoculars from the Cass School of Art on the opposite side of Whitechapel High Street.  This work is a symbol of a link between two institutions: The process of making the work formed a connection between two people, two buildings, two organisations.

The painting is a view from inside the ‘Creative Studio’ in the gallery, showing the steel props that support the decorative stone gable on the façade of the Whitechapel Gallery. The painting is like a mirror exposing a secret to neighbour opposite; expressing how we present a façade to others.

From the Cass, the painting seems excluded, ironically not what happens to a painting when it is exhibited in the Whitechapel.