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The Decorator and The Thief (...)

Exhibition dates: 30 January 2015 - 16 May 2015

Participating Artists:
Keith Arnatt, Claire Barclay, Paul Becker, Angela Bulloch, CommonRoom, Peter Davies, Leo Fitzmaurice, Barry Flanagan, Ian Giles, Susie Green, Margaret Mellis, Jacqui Poncelet, Yelena Popova, Giorgio Sadotti

The Decorator and the Thief (...) convenes work from the Arts Council Collection alongside newly commissioned works that explore the intersection between art, design and craft. Design agency CommonRoom have been invited to accent the gallery with artist designed wallpaper and work by Yelena Popova will provide a critical lens for thinking through issues of visibility, labour and value.

In the essay It's Hard to find a Good Lamp (1993) the artist Donald Judd responded to the challenges of designing furniture with the refrain that design is a form of "visible reasonableness". By extension, can we see art as unreasonable? Do we value beauty over function, ideas over intuition? Can good design be dysfunctional? A newly commissioned text will accompany the exhibition. Ultimately, The Decorator and the Thief (...) asks us to consider the importance of collecting and how issues of taste, questions of judgement and ideas around beauty are ideologically bound.

As part of the group exhibition The Decorator and The Thief (...), the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and National Glass Centre present an off-site show at the Priestman Gallery at Sunderland University. The show extends the thematic concerns of the NGCA exhibition with a series of newly commissioned works. Including artist-designed wallpaper, sculpture, fabric, writing and film, the artists have been invited to explore the promiscuity between art, design and craft.

Artists: Fay Nicolson, Jackson Sprague, Kate Liston, Michael Fischer, CommonRoom.

As part of the broader project working with some of the UK's largest lending collections, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be opening 'Recollected', showcasing work from the Arts Council and Craft Council Collections from the 22 March through to the 17 of May.



Kate Hawkins, courtesy of the artist & CommonRoom

James Ferris, courtesy of the artist & CommonRoom

Susie Green

Yelena Popova, Window (2014)