Squeezebox presents the work of six artists within an ambitious concertina-like architectural intervention erected within the Collective Ending HQ gallery space.
The structure is designed by the curators and constructed mostly from polystyrene which is commonly used for construction work and mould-making; where it operates as an inner tissue of sorts. Its malleable and speculative properties offer a range of ways in which it can interact with the artworks. In this, Squeezebox attempts to offer an alternative mode for the presentation of artworks.
The selected artists take forgotten or neglected iconography, symbology and language, and archive them within their pieces, often applying fresh meanings and sometimes prospects for the future. Much of this cataloguing is drawn from the artists’ impression of the street. So naturally, memory and shared public space are key themes in the exhibition – exploring how architecture is interpreted by collective consciousness and vice versa.
The selection of the works presents a purely conjectural and borderline dystopian, urban landscape. Much like the experience of existence during an ongoing global crisis, time exists within the Squeezebox vacuum but appears delinear, disorientating and distorted.