12 May – 11 Jun 2017
Fri 12 May, 6–9 pm: Private view
Sat 20 May, 12 pm: Tour of the public and private spaces of the Brunswick Centre with architect and resident Brendan Woods*
About the event
Passen-gers is pleased to present its fifth exhibition 51.525224, -0.123894 by Theodoros Stamatogiannis.
The residential spaces of The Brunswick Centre are, generally speaking, not accessible to the public. Stamatogiannis’ knowledge of them has been gathered from various floor plans and pictures found on the websites of estate agents who rent out its high-end apartments. In response, the artist’s text (below) imaginatively maps one of these interiors from the viewpoint of the relativity of its objects. This playfully contrasts with the geographical coordinates that give both the title and location of the exhibition. Sculptures such as argon door handles and shopfront light boxes represent the thresholds we ordinarily have to cross at such borders between the public and the private. Through this layering of objective and subjective mappings, Stamatogiannis explores how we physically and psychologically experience the urban environment, as well as the boundary between sculpture and architecture.
If I was the door handle the corner would be in front of me. There would be no more than one square metre of the herringbone floor between us, as the corner is more or less in the middle of the room, and a little bit more to the right.
If I was the chipboard bed with the polka dot cover, the corner would be next to me, a bit closer to the light blue wall where the pillow would lie. The distance between us would be more or less the size of a regular bedside table with two drawers.
If I was the french balcony door the corner would be on my right. It would be only the bed keeping us apart. It wouldn’t be too far from me though as the bed is just a normal single size bed.
If I was the wardrobe with the layers of paint and the broken hinge, the corner would be in front of me. The space between would allow one side of the balcony door to open, plus two thirds the distance of the bed.
If I was the light bulb fitted to this charred holder, stinking somewhat like fish and hanging from the ceiling, the corner would be underneath me. I would be in the middle of the room and the corner would be slightly to my left, if I face the window, and close enough to me, as the ceiling is not that high because the building is from the late 60s.
If I was the shop, then a one way road, two pavements, a balcony, a one bedroom flat, staircase, an elevator shaft and some floor would separate me from the corner. All those are kind of diagonal as the corner is on the second floor.
A tour of the public and private spaces of the Brunswick Centre will be hosted by architect and resident Brendan Woods on 12 May, Sat 20 May. This event is free but spaces are limited so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Theodoros Stamatogiannis studied Sculpture in the Athens School Art, where he graduated in 2006, and in 2009 he received his MFA from Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited in Europe and the US, including SPACES Gallery (Cleveland, USA), Laurent Muller Gallery (Paris, FR), DESTE Prize (Athens, GR), Bloomberg New Contemporaries (UK), Florence Trust (London, UK), Flux Factory (NYC, USA), No Longer Empty (NYC), David Dale Gallery (Glasgow), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece). He is currently based in Berlin. www.artmap.com/theodorosstamatogiannis