An Empty Room: The Sequel
September 17-October 10, 2013
Opening reception September 17, 8-10 p.m.
Curated by Cortney Stell
Philip J. Steele Gallery
Gallery Hours:11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Saturday
The Exhibition: The exhibition’s title, An Empty Room, is used as an oxymoron. The work explores the very existence of a room. For a room to exist, it must contain the things that allow it to be defined as a room, such as walls, ceilings and doors. In An Empty Room: The Sequel, Eatock will react to elements left intact from the gallery’s previous installation, the 2013 Summer BFA exhibition. He will apply dynamic, experiential staging of objects, archives and processes to items that are already present at every exhibition, but often tucked away or hidden in plain sight. By doing so, Eatock will create an awareness of both the social constructs and physical space of the room. An Empty Room: The Sequel is inspired by an exhibition mounted this past May in Strasbourg, France
The Artist: Daniel Eatock is a London-based artist and graphic designer whose work often occupies the threshold between the two fields. By deliberately working in a query and play-based experimental process, Eatock creates designed solutions through art making. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and has worked in design for such clients as Samsung and Channel 4. In 2003, he started Eatock Ltd., through which he builds and maintains his database of photographic projects and completes work for a range of entertainment and cultural clients.
Eatock will also deliver a lecture as part of RMCAD's Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer (VASD) program. The lecture, titled Subject to Change will examine the medium of the artist/designer lecture format itself. As a hybrid of past research, lecture and performative narrative techniques, Eatock’s lecture will intervene in the traditional lecture structure to address the key questions of producing and framing creative knowledge. Subject to Change will be delivered on Tuesday, September 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:00. All VASD lectures are free and open to the public but require a RSVP. Click here to RSVP.
At top: Detail of postcard for An Empty Room: The Sequel, 2013, compilations of all previous Philip J. Steele Gallery postcards At right, samples of Eatock's previous work: Umbrella + Watering Can, 2012; Clip Frame Configuration, 2013, standard A3 and A2 clip frame; One Hour Circle, 2012, A4 photocopy paper, felt-tip pens; Set Square Cubed, 2011, 6 plastic 45° set squares, blue tack