Embedded: One Dozen & Zero Units at The South London Gallery

Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
Tuesday 1st March - Sunday 6th March
South London Gallery
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Sound and Music in partnership with South London Gallery

About One Dozen & Zero Units 

We are delighted to announce artist and composer Sarah Hughes will present One Dozen and Zero Units, an exhibition of work that concludes her year-long Embedded residency, organised in collaboration with the South London Gallery.

For Hughes, references to the history of the SLG have underpinned her residency. These have been made manifest in a number of ways, including the introduction of new material processes such as the use of marquetry and inlay informed by the original gallery floor, and reworked drawings of a former lecture hall that stood on the current site of the SLG’s Clore Studio. The exhibition in the first floor galleries presents combinations of found, adapted and hand-made objects, the grouping of traditional and contemporary materials making reference to the gallery's historic connections to the Arts and Crafts movement and its more recent programming of contemporary art.

The history of the gallery is also invoked as a durational framework. The artistic and social concerns that connect both its founding principles and current standing in the local community are seen as components of a composition, in a manner similar to Hughes’ approach to musical performance. 

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About Sarah Hughes 

In addition to sculpture, Hughes' practice combines print publications, text scores, improvisation and performance, in order to explore how contrasting source materials interrogate a given subject or articulate interrelationships of form. The artist’s concern for a coherent whole as much as its constituent parts (within a given space or duration), emphasises her focus on the contingencies of composition, whether in relation to the physical parameters of objects, the attributes of sound or the agency of a specific arrangement. Her work also invites speculation as to our own role as constituents within a wider social composition, and actively explores the political and discursive nature of working between disciplines. 

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About South London Gallery 

One of the most elegant art spaces in London”, Adrian Searle,
The Guardian

The South London Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art space which has been free to the public since its foundation in 1891. The gallery opened on its present site on Peckham Road in 1891 as the South London Fine Art Gallery and Library. Its founding mission to “bring art to the people of south London” is a vision which continues to hold true to this day and with a particular emphasis in the past twenty years, in showing challenging new work by emerging and established British and international artists. 

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About Embedded 

Embedded is funded by The Esmée Fairbairn FoundationEmbedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations. 


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