This photographic installation by Brian Griffiths and Frank Kent responds to the accumulated histories of the house. The first in a new annual commissioning programme.
The exhibition is the first in a new annual commissioning programme at Van Gogh House, marking 50 years since 87 Hackford Road was found to be the London residence of the renowned Dutch artist.
In the form of a photographic installation across all of the house's eight rooms, the exhibition responds to the accumulated histories and constructed realities of the building, from the early 19th century to the present day. Transposing still life and landscape, everyday materials and objects, sculptors Griffiths and Kent present their carefully staged and situated photographs as moments of focus and narrative. Drawing on themes from Van Gogh’s life and work, the two artists' find connections in their personal perspectives whilst exploring his myth and legacy.
Within the composition of each photograph is an open cube, a framing device that presses objects into action and flattens three-dimensional space. The objects are arranged with an improvised formality, the resulting images depicting spaces that appear both imagined and ordered, and often with a comedic edge.