Object Salon
Whitespace Gallery, Mason’s Yard, London, 14 October - 22 November, 2008
Tanya Antoshina, Darren Bader, Thomas Beale, Marlous Borm, Cui Fei, FNO, Hackett, Midori Harima, Corin Hewitt, Ben Jones, Misaki Kawai, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Rebecca Mears, Nepokorennie Group: Irina Drozd, Ilya Gaponov & Kirill Koteshov, Andrey Gorbunov, Vica Ilushkina, Konstantin Novikov, Ivan Plush, Maxim Svishev, Kala Newman, Leila Peacock, Kembra Pfahler, Reto Pulfer, Jory Rabinovitz, Babak Radboy, Andrew Ranville, Ben Sansbury, Allison Read Smith, Aurel Schmidt, Juliane Solmsdorf, Meryl Smith, Josh Tonsfeldt, Vadis Turner, Liu Yiqing (Curated with Thomas Beale, Kathy Grayson, Emily Speers Mears, Anya Stonelake)

Object Salon travels from New York to London, playfully re-defining the concept of small-format sculpture.

Following the success of the inaugural Object Salon in New York during The International Armory Fair, the latest version of the exhibition comes to London, bringing with it brand new work curated by headline names from the art world. Over 30 established contemporary artists - from Russia to America - have been commissioned to create 3-D work that conforms to the international weight and size restrictions of airline carry-on luggage. The result: an exhibition of work that plays into the hands of the nomadic, jet-setter lifestyle of Frieze Week.

Coinciding with London’s busiest arts week, the artists have been chosen by an extraordinary line-up of internationally renowned art heavy weights. Names include Thomas Beale (sculptor and co-founder of Honey Space, New York where the exhibition launched), Kathy Grayson (Director of Deitch Projects in New York for the past 5 years), Emily Speers Mears (research consultant for International Peace Institute in New York), Nadim Samman (art critic for The Art Newspaper, expert in Russian art and PHD student at Courtauld Institute of Art) and Anya Stonelake (co-founder of the White Space Gallery).

Anya Stonelake of White Space Gallery said, “Monumental sized sculpture and installations are increasingly commanding the attention from the press and public, with the result that smaller scale sculpture is being neglected. This exhibition celebrates modestly-scaled, hand-made creations, showcasing the intrinsic worth of ‘carry-on luggage’ sized pieces.