“Valuing flux, mobility, observation, and chance, Tallentire’s practice animates the invisible structures of the systems under interrogation, revealing the conditions that regulate and shape patterns of everyday life.
Area (2020) comprises numerous rectangular MDF panels scattered across the gallery walls, and builds on an installation of the same title staged at Grazer Kunstverein in 2018. The dimensions and colours of the panels are taken directly from items of furniture found in the common area of a social housing complex in Graz, brought there by the residents for communal use. Animating the dynamic between the specific and the generic, the work considers, according to Tallentire, ‘how the performance of such collective placement, especially around everyday objects, can be determined by economic, practical, aesthetic and cultural factors.’ Similarly probing the politics and spatial logic of architecture, Setting Out 2 (2020) employs neon builders line, nylon string that is designed to mark long straight lines and used in construction to transfer architectural drawings onto the ground. Transporting what is conventionally on a horizontal plane to the vertical plane of the wall, the strings form a line drawing whose composition is determined by the floor plan of Tallentire’s home. Paper markers on the string demarcate lengths that correspond to the circumference of different rooms in the home, such as the kitchen and bedrooms, indexing the spatial logic of the house.
Also on view is a new series of collages (2020) that employ floor plans of buildings that hold personal resonance for Tallentire, among them the social housing development in Graz and her own home. The plans are partially obscured by blank rectangles of card paper, shapes that correspond on a one-to- one scale to paragraphs from books that Tallentire selected from her shelf while working from home during lockdown. Although the titles of the collages derive from the first words of the chosen paragraphs, they are otherwise emptied of textual content, retaining only the physical structure. Thus juxtaposing diagrammatic representations of building spaces with the physical shapes embedded in the act of reading, this series plays with the perception of two very different kinds of spatial systems that suffuse ordinary life. Through such a maneuver, the series illuminate the ubiquitous – and often seemingly natural – physical norms of the everyday that are in fact dictated and constrained by cultural and social determinants.
The exhibition will be accompanied by Hollybush Issue 8, a new publication of correspondence between Anne Tallentire, Lisa Panting, and Malin Stahl.”