Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August.
For this exhibition, VITRINE has been invited by Contemporary Art Society to curate a selection of artworks into a private home in York.
The home itself is located on Gillygate in the centre of the historic city of York. A house of Georgian design, constructed in 1769, boasting a plethora of original features that intersect with alterations and augmentations that have taken place since the 19th Century – when a ground floor room, presumed to be a dining room, was transformed into a shop, which to this day retains its Victorian frontage and ornate Rococo plasterwork ceiling. Like the home it is a product of numerous epochs in cultural history, the shop retails pop-memorabilia and souvenirs, kitsch objects – mass-produced & in few ways unique- against a backdrop of physically embedded history. The structure itself operates as a stylistic palimpsest. Constantly reformed and conjoined with subsequent eras of design and taste; with each passing generation of occupants the home transforms by process of revealing its origins and adjusting its form and function to fit with contemporary domestic needs and aesthetic desires.
VITRINE’s approach to the project is defined by a focus on a key linkage between the essential qualities of the home, with its pastiche of architectural and stylistic features and VITRINE’s interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art; the perpetual congress of differing practices and aesthetics. A prominent feature of our approach is to draw upon the strong themes of domesticity that run throughout the works of our artists, who regularly employ the visual language of domestic life in their work. This creates a playful dialogue between the artworks and environment, in which the conceptual binary of useful/uselessness – art/non-art – can be played out in a unique and fitting situation. The curatorial strategy will reflexively bleed the traditional and contemporary together, to allow one form to overlap the other, to dominate, or to coalesce.
CAS & Non CAS members can book a place and get more information here: