An Arrangement in Two Halves, a Bench in Two Parts
James Fuller & Marco Miehling
William Benington Gallery
Part 1: 29th November 2018 - 10th January 2019
Part 2: 17th January - 15th February 2019
William Benington Gallery and Lily Brooke are delighted to announce a collaborative two-person show between James Fuller and Marco Miehling. An initial discussion between the galleries led to the collaboration then extending between the two artists.
An Arrangement in Two Halves, a Bench in Two Parts goes beyond the simple show-and-tell approach of presenting an intersection of two artists' works. The exhibition encourages transparency that questions Fuller and Miehling's individual sculptural practices in the process of them working collaboratively.
In order to reveal their individual work processes and the way they inform each other, the artists have decided to expose and show their practice in two stages, one evolving into the other.
The first half of the arrangement revolves around an initial state, a disassembly. The single components are kept in an in-between state of becoming, neither being solely material nor fixed individual works. The unified floor-based sculpture is composed of the separate component elements that reference potential functionality of the objects. The art handling foam used for this project allows this potential for function but also for flexible new forms.
The second half of the exhibition, opening in January 2019, evolves from the initial state: the foam components are reconfigured into two objects for sitting and newly-introduced wall-based sculptures change the focus of the exhibition, showing a different moment of production. While the first part's nature is mainly collaborative, the latter half of the show displays the individual works of the artists and positions them in conversation.
The changes in the gallery throughout the course of the exhibition echo the changes in the different objects' purposes. The method of introducing new works, assembling, re-assembling and dismantling components communicates the transformative power of the material.