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Everything has a value to someone

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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SCULPTURAL and photographic works form the basis of a solo exhibition by Laura White in Exeter.

The London-based artist is bringing her show We Can Have It All to the Spacex, and to mark its launch on Saturday, December 8, artist Eliza Gluckman with be at the gallery providing a greater insight into Laura's work.

The exhibition is based on Laura's exploration and response to human relationships, and negotiation with the inanimate objects or 'stuff' of the world.

It looks at how relationships are created and questions are provoked in relation to these various 'art' objects concerning value and taste, and our relationship to consumer culture.

Displayed on bespoke plinths sit a trail of pastiche and replica objects, such as a souvenir or reproduced garden statue, all once valued objects and sculptures.

Every item is regarded for its visual aesthetic, production and authorship, highlighting that even the cheapest item has been designed by someone and has value to somebody.

References can also be found to artists such as Hepworth, Gabo and Picasso, along with influence from Bauhaus designers such as Theodor Bogler and Gerhard Marcks.

New photographic works on show play with scale and placement, materiality and craftsmanship.

Large scale prints mounted on boards displayed in an unconventional manner invite the viewer to gather their own understanding of the value, status and authorship of the ornate objects being represented.

The exhibition will run at gallery until February 23. The opening event and artist conversation with Eliza Gluckman, a freelance curator, consultant and project manager with a specific interest in Asian contemporary art, will run from 3pm to 5pm.

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